1I, the elder, am writing this letter. I am sending it to the chosen lady and her children. I love all of you because of the truth. I'm not the only one who loves you. So does everyone who knows the truth.2I love you because of the truth that is alive in us. That truth will be with us forever.3God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son will give you grace, mercy and peace. Those blessings will be with us because we love the truth.4It has given me great joy to find some of your children living by the truth. That's just what the Father commanded us to do.5Dear lady, I'm not writing you a new command. I'm writing a command we've had from the beginning. I'm asking that we love one another.6The way we show our love is to obey God's commands. He commands you to lead a life of love. That's what you have heard from the beginning.7Many people who try to fool others have gone out into the world. They don't agree that Jesus Christ came in a human body. People like that try to trick others. They are enemies of Christ.8Watch out that you don't lose what you have worked for. Make sure that you get your complete reward.9Some people run ahead of others. They don't follow the teaching of Christ. People like that don't belong to God. But those who follow the teaching of Christ belong to the Father and the Son.10Suppose someone comes to you and doesn't teach these truths. Then don't take him into your house. Don't welcome him.11Anyone who welcomes him shares in his evil work.12I have a lot to write to you. But I don't want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope I can visit you. Then I can talk with you face to face. That will make our joy complete.13The children of your chosen sister send their greetings.
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.