BOOK ENDS. Seraphim, April 2009.
JB 2 JOHN Chapter 1
THE SECOND LETTER OF JOHN
1:1 From the Elder: my greetings to the Lady, the chosen one,[*a] and to her children, she whom I love in the truth-and I am not the only one, for so do all who have come to know the truth-
1:2 because of the truth that lives in us and will be with us for ever.
1:3 In our life of truth and love, we shall have grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father.
The law of love
1:4 It has given me great joy to find that your children have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father.
1:5 I am writing now, dear lady, not to give you any new commandment, but the one which we were given at the beginning, and to plead: let us love one another.
1:6 To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.
The enemies of Christ
1:7 There are many deceivers about in the world, refusing to admit that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist.
1:8 Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and not get the reward it deserves.
1:9 If anybody does not keep within the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he cannot have God with him: only those who keep to what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.
1:10 If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him in your house or even give him a greeting.
1:11 To greet him would make you a partner in his wicked work.
1:12 There 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 personally, so that our joy may be complete.
1:13 Greetings to you from the children of your sister,[*b] the chosen one.
END OF JB 2 JOHN [1 Chapter].