The elder to the
elect lady and her children which I love in the truth: and not I
only, but also all that have known the truth, for the truths sake,
which dwelleth in us, and shall be in us for ever.
With you be grace, mercy, and peace from God the father and
from the Lord Jesus Christ the son of the father, in truth and love.
I rejoiced greatly, that I found of thy children walking in
truth, as we have received a commandment of the father. And now
beseech I thee lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto
thee, but that same which we had from the beginning, that we should
love one another. And this is the love, that we should walk after
This commandment is (that as ye have heard from the beginning)
ye should walk in it. For many deceivers are entered into the world,
which confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a
deceiver and an Antichrist. Look on yourselves, that we loose not
that we have wrought: but that we may have a full reward. Whosoever
transgresseth and bideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not
God. He that endureth in the doctrine of Christ, hath both the
father and the son.
If there come any unto you and bring not this learning, him
receive not to house: neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth
him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. I had many things to
write unto you, nevertheless I would not write with paper and ink:
but I trust to come unto you, and speak with you mouth to mouth,
that our joy may be full. The sons of thy elect sister greet thee.