(Writer: John) (98 C.E.) (Ephesus)
1 The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all who know the truth.
2 The truth lives in our hearts forever.
3 In truth and love, God the Father and Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father send you grace, mercy and peace.
4 I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.
5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 This is love that we walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment that you heard from the beginning. You should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers have gone into the world. They do not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
8 Watch yourselves that you do not lose the things that we worked to produce. You may receive a full reward.
9 Whoever pushes ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ, does not have God! He who dwells in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
10 Do not receive anyone into your house who comes to you and does not bring this teaching. Give him no greeting!
11 He who greets him partakes of his evil works.
12 I have many things to write you. I would not write them with paper and ink: but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be made full.
13 The children of your sister the chosen one greet you.