If the Johannine eagle soared above the earth, it did so with talons bared for the fight; and the last writings that were left show the eaglets tearing at each other for the possession of the nest. There are moments of tranquil contemplation and inspiring penetration in the Johannine writings, but they also reflect a deep involvement in Christian history. Like Jesus, the word transmitted to the Johannine community lived in the flesh.
Anderson, Paul N., "Identity and Congruence: The Ethics of Integrity in the Johannine Epistles (Chapter in Biblical Ethics and Application)" (2017). Faculty Publications - George Fox School of Theology. 357.