Introduction and Thanksgiving
1 From1 the elder,2 to an elect lady3 and her children, whom I love in truth4 (and not I alone, but also all those5 who know the truth), 2 because of the truth6 that resides in us and will be with us forever. 3 Grace, mercy, and7 peace will be with us from God the Father and from8 Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly because I have found some9 of your children living according to the truth,10 just as the Father commanded us.11
Warning Against False Teachers
5 But now12 I ask you, lady (not as if I were13 writing a new commandment14 to you, but the one15 we have had from the beginning),16 that17 we love one another. 6 (Now this is love: that we walk18 according to his commandments.) This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning; thus19 you should walk in it.20 7 For21 many deceivers have gone out into the world, people who do not confess Jesus as22 Christ23 coming in the flesh.24 This person is the deceiver and the antichrist!25 8 Watch out, so that you do not lose the things we have worked for,26 but receive a full reward.27
9 Everyone28 who goes on ahead and does not remain29 in the teaching of Christ30 does not have God.31 The one who remains in this teaching 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 any greeting,32 11 because the person who gives him a greeting shares in his evil deeds.33
12 Though I have many other34 things to write to you, I do not want to do so with35 paper and ink,36 but I hope to come visit you and speak face to face,37 so that our joy may be complete.38
13 The children of your elect sister greet you.39