1:1The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all those who know the truth; 1:2for the truth's sake, which remains in us, and it will be with us forever: 1:3Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
1:4I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we have been commanded by the Father. 1:5Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 1:6This is love, that we should walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. 1:7For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don't confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist. 1:8Watch yourselves, that we don't lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward. 1:9Whoever transgresses and doesn't remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn't have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. 1:10If anyone comes to you, and doesn't bring this teaching, don't receive him into your house, and don't welcome him, 1:11for he who welcomes him participates in his evil works.
1:12Having many things to write to you, I don't want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that our joy may be made full. 1:13The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen.