1The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;2For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.3Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.4I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.5And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.6And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.12Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.13The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
4I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. (3Jo 1:3)5And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. (1Jo 2:7; 1Jo 3:11)6And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. (Joh 14:15; 1Jo 2:5; 1Jo 2:24; 1Jo 5:3)7For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. (1Jo 2:18; 1Jo 2:22; 1Jo 2:26; 1Jo 4:1; 1Jo 4:2)8Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. (1Co 3:8; Ga 3:4; Heb 10:35)9Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (1Jo 2:23)10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, (Ro 16:17; Ga 1:8; 2Th 3:6; 2Th 3:14; Tit 3:10)11for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. (1Ti 5:22)
12Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. (Joh 15:11; Joh 17:13; 3Jo 1:13; 3Jo 1:14)13The children of your elect sister greet you.