1 * The Elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not I alone but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and shall be with us forever: 3 grace, mercy, peace, shall be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. 4 I have been exceedingly glad to find some children of yours walking in truth as we received a commandment from the Father. 5 And now, lady, not as writing you a new commandment but the one we had from the first, I pray you that we love each other. 6 * And this is love, that we should walk in accordance with his commandments. This is the commandment, as you heard from the first, that you should walk in it. 7 Because there have come out into the world many deluders who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ is coming in flesh: that man is the deluder and the antichrist. 8 Look out for yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for, but get paid in full. 9 Anyone who moves on and does not remain in the Christ’s teaching does not have God; it is he who remains in the teaching that has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him in a house and do not say good morning to him, 11 for he who says good morning to him is in fellowship with his evil deeds. 12 * While I have much to write to you, I do not wish to with paper and ink, but hope to be with you and speak face to face, that your joy may be complete. 13 Your chosen sister’s children send greetings.
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