1From the Elder: my greetings to the Lady, the chosen one, and to her children, whom I love in truth --and I am not the only one, for so do al who have come to know the Truth -- and I am not the only one, for so sodo al who have come to know the Truth- 2because of the truth that remains in us and wil be with us for ever. 3In our life of truth and love, we shal have grace, faithful love and peace from God the Father and fromJesus Christ, the Son of the Father. 4It has given me great joy to find that children of yours have been living the life of truth as we werecommanded by the Father. 5And now I am asking you -- dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but onlythe one which we have had from the beginning -- that we should love one another. 6To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heardsince the beginning, to live a life of love. 7There are many deceivers at large in the world, refusing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming inhuman nature. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. 8Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and you wil forfeit your full reward. 9If anybody does not remain in the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he does not have God with him:only those who remain in what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them. 10If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him into your house or evengive him a greeting. 11Whoever greets him has a share in his wicked activities. 12There are several things I have to tell you, but I have thought it best not to trust them to paper and ink.I hope instead to visit you and talk to you in person, so that our joy may be complete. 13Greetings to you from the children of your sister, the chosen one.
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