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The Elder
To the chosen lady and her children

Whom I truly love,

And not I only,

But also all those
Who have come to know the truth ;
For the sake of the truth continuing in us,

And with us it will be forever.
Favor, mercy, and peace, shall be with us

From God the Father,
And from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father,

In truth and love. I rejoice greatly because I have found some of your children going about in truth just as we received commandment from the Father. And now I beg you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but what we had from the beginning, that we keep loving each other. And the love is this, that we keep living in harmony with his commandments. The commandment is this,

6. just as you heard from the beginning, that you should live in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, and they are not confessing that Jesus Christ is coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. See to yourselves, that you do not lose what we have done, but that you receive a full reward. Whoever goes on and does not continue in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. He who continues in the teaching, this man has the Father and the Son. If any one is coming to you and is not bringing this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not bid him, Godspeed. For he who bids him, Godspeed, is sharing in his evil deeds.

Having many things to write to you I do not wish to write with paper and ink, but I hope to come to you, and to talk with you face to face so that your happiness may be made complete.

The children of your chosen sister send you their best wishes.


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