The Second Letter of John
A translation by Alex Joyner*
From the elder to the Chosen Lady and her children, whom I love in the Truth. And I am not alone in this, but I also join all those who have known the Truth, because the Truth abides in you and is with you unto the Age.
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in Truth and Love.
I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in Truth, just as we have received the command to do from the Father. Now I make a request of you, dear Lady. It’s not as if it were a new command but rather the one we have had from the beginning: Love one another. And what is love? That we should walk according to his commands. It’s the same command that you heard from the first, so walk in it.
Because many deceivers have gone out into the cosmos—those who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Such a one is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves that you don’t lose the things we have accomplished but hold on for a full reward.
Everyone who slips ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Meanwhile, the one who does abide in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not have this teaching, withhold your hospitality and do not welcome them. Whoever welcomes them has a share in their wicked works.
I have many things to write you, but I didn’t want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come to you and speak, as it were, mouth to mouth so that our joy may be full.
The children of your Chosen Sister greet you.
*I am following David Bentley Hart in using the phrases ‘cosmos’ and ‘life in the Age,’ rather than the terms more commonly used to translate their Greek antecedents—‘world’ and ‘eternal life.’