1The Elder: # Or Presbyter
To the elect # Rm 16:13; 1Pt 5:13; 2Jn 13 lady # Or Kyria, a proper name; probably a literary figure for a local church known to John; the children would be its members. and her children: I love all of you in the truth — and not only I, but also all who have come to know the truth # Jn 8:32; 14:6; 1Tm 2:4 — 2because of the truth that remains in us # 1Jn 1:8 and will be with us forever.
3Grace, mercy, and peace # 1Tm 1:2; 2Tm 1:2 will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son # Heb 1:2 of the Father, in truth and love. # 1Jn 4:12
Truth and Deception
4I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth, # 3Jn 3-4 in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. 5So now I urge you, dear lady — not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning — that we love one another. # 1Jn 3:11 6And this is love: # 1Jn 2:5; 5:3 that we walk according to His commands. # Ps 103:18; Mk 7:8; Jn 14:15,21,23; 15:10 This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. # Lit in it
7Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. # Or confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh # Php 3:3 This is the deceiver and the antichrist. # 1Jn 2:18,22; 4:3 8Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we # Other mss read you have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward. # 2Pt 2:13 9Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching # Jn 8:31-32; 1Jn 2:21-23,27 but goes beyond it, does not have God. # Jn 5:12; 8:41; 1Jn 2:23 The one who remains # Jn 15:4-16 in that teaching, this one has both the Father # Mt 11:27 and the Son. # Heb 1:2; 1Jn 2:23 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive # Jn 1:12; 6:21; 13:20 him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him; 11for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares # 1Tm 5:22 in his evil works. # Eph 5:11; 1Tm 5:22; Jd 23
12Though I have many things to write to you, # 3Jn 13 I don’t want to do so with paper and ink. Instead, I hope to be with you and talk face to face # Lit mouth to mouth so that our joy # Jn 15:11 may be complete.
13The children of your elect sister send you greetings.