Out of the 27 books in the Bible, John wrote five books: John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.

The gospel of John

John 1

John 2

John 3


Why did God allow John to write five books in the Bible?

In John’s gospel, he refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” five times. Why did he do this? According to Pastor Joseph Prince from New Creation church, John was practising Jesus’ love for him. And in so doing, he never boasted about his love for Jesus, but about Jesus’ love for him.

When you boast about God’s love for you, he will use you. In contrast, Peter boasted about his love for Jesus, and within a few days, he denied Christ three times.

Name of BookDescription
JohnOne of the four gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John—the accounts of Jesus’ life
1 John
2 John
3 John
The three epistles
RevelationJohn’s apocalypse: shocking revelations of what will take place before Jesus’ second coming

John only authored books found in the new testament, as he was alive during the time of Jesus.

Name of BookAuthor
JohnJohn (1st book)
1 CorinthiansPaul
2 CorinthiansPaul
1 ThessaloniansPaul
2 ThessaloniansPaul
1 TimothyPaul
2 TimothyPaul
JamesJames (Jesus’ brother)
1 PeterPeter
2 PeterPeter
1 JohnJohn (2nd book)
2 JohnJohn (3rd book)
3 JohnJohn (4th book)
JudeJude (Jesus’ brother)
RevelationJohn (5th book)

Facts about John

  • John was the only disciple at the foot of Jesus’ cross.
  • John referred to himself as “the disciple who Jesus loved” in his own gospel, the book of John.
  • John was the longest living disciple.

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