1 1 The elder to the chosen lady and her children , whom I love in truth ; and not only I, but also all who know the truth , 2 for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever : 3 Grace , mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ , the Son of the Father , in truth and love .
Abide in the Doctrine of Christ
4 I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth , just as we have received commandment to do from the Father .
5 Now I ask you, lady , not as though I were writing to you a new commandment , but the one which we have had from the beginning , that we love one another . 6 And this is love , that we walk according to His commandments . This is the commandment , just as you have heard from the beginning , that you should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world , those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh . This is the deceiver and the antichrist . 8 Watch yourselves , that you do not lose what we have accomplished , but that you may receive a full reward . 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ , does not have God ; the one who abides in the teaching , he has both the Father and the Son .
10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching , do not receive him into your house , and do not give him a greeting ; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds .
12 Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink ; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face , so that your joy may be made full . 13 The children of your chosen sister greet you.
1:9 Lit "Everyone"
1:9 Lit "goes on ahead"
1:12 One early ms reads "our"