From the elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the
truth, and not only I, but all those who know the truth,
because of the truth
that lives in us and will be with us forever.
Grace, mercy and peace will be
with us from God who is the Father and from Jesus Messiah, the Son of the Father,
in truth and love.
I was delighted because I have found some of your children living in the truth,
just as we were commanded by the Father.
Now, dear lady, I ask you, not as if I am
writing a new command to you, but one we have had from the beginning: that
we love one another.
And this is love: that we live in obedience to His
This is the command, just as you have heard from the
beginning, that you should be following.
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, who do not confess
Jesus Messiah as coming as a fully human being. This is a deceiver and an
antichrist. 8 Watch out, so that you do not lose what we have worked for, but will
receive a full reward. 9 Everyone who in the name of “progress” does not
remain in the teaching of the Messiah, does not have God. The person who
remains in his teaching has both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to
you and does not bring that teaching, do not welcome him into your house or
greet him as a fellow believer, 11 because the one who does shares in his
wicked work. 12 I have many more things to write to you, but I do not want to do this with
paper and ink. I hope to come and talk to you face to face, so that our joy
may be complete. 13 The children of your chosen sister greet you.
The ideal of a son in the first-century Jewish environment is that the son loves and obeys his
father, that he learns the father’s trade or business, and thirdly that he reflects and represents his father
perfectly. Jesus did all this superbly well, without sinning.