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1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. 13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

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1 Sarah R = "Many scholars believe that rather than this being an actual woman and her children, John is writing to a church and the believers within that church."
2 Cary W = "The message and gospel or doctrine of Christ came with great fulfillment of prophecy, of miracles, signs and wonders, and with the prophetic teachings of His apostles.Many teachings in the world seek to dilute this gospel, even to deny that Christ really has come; that it be a fable, myth or story for example only.But it is not just another message or good teaching, for any that have encountered and fallen in love with Jesus and the Father, have living proof that He lived, died and rose again, and lives even today.  This same Jesus appears to us mostly in our Spirit, yet we cannot deny that He could just as easily appear to us in the flesh, just as He did with Paul and many others."
3 Sarah R = "It is ironic that the battle in the early church was to prove Jesus' humanity, whereas His divinity was accepted, and today the battle is the opposite - people accept His humanity, but deny His divinity. "
4 Cary W = "We know when we have encountered someone in opposition to the spirit of truth in Christ, for they will not only support and resonate with our life and message, but will attempt to bring disharmony and corruption into our lives.  That is why we are to shake off any who do not receive us as His sons or deny our devotion to the one true living God, manifest in Christ."