41I was veryglad to find some of your childrenwalking in truth, just as we have receivedcommandment to do from the Father.
5Now I ask you, lady, 2not as though I were writing to you a newcommandment, but the one which we have had3from the beginning, that we 4loveoneanother.
And 5this is love, that we walkaccording to His commandments. This is the commandment, 6just as you have heard7from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
For 8manydeceivers have 9gone out into the world, those who 10do not acknowledgeJesusChrist as coming in the flesh. This is 11the deceiver and the 12antichrist.
813Watchyourselves, 14that you do not losewhat we have accomplished, but that you may receive a fullreward.
9aAnyone who bgoestoofar and 15does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not haveGod; the one who abides in the teaching, he hasboth the Father and the Son.
10Ifanyonecomes to you and does not bringthisteaching, 16do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting;
for the one who gives him a greeting17participates in his evildeeds.
1218Though I havemanythings to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speakface to face, so that cyour 19joy may be madefull.
The children of your 20chosensistergreet you.