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2 John

Walk According to His Commandments

The elder [of the church addresses this letter] to the elect (chosen) [a]lady and her children, whom I love in truth—and not only I, but also all who know and understand the truth— because of the truth which lives in our hearts and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace (inner calm, a sense of spiritual well-being) will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

I was greatly delighted to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. Now I ask you, lady, not as if I were writing to you a new commandment, but [simply reminding you of] the one which we have had from the beginning, that we [b]love and unselfishly seek the best for one another. And this is love: that we walk in accordance with His commandments and are guided continually by His precepts. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should [always] walk in love.

For many deceivers [heretics, posing as Christians] have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge and confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh (bodily form). This [person, the kind who does this] is the deceiver and the [c]antichrist [that is, the antagonist of Christ]. Watch yourselves, so that you do not lose what we have accomplished together, but that you may receive a full and perfect reward [when He grants rewards to faithful believers]. Anyone who runs on ahead and does not remain in the doctrine of Christ [that is, one who is not content with what He taught], does not have God; but the one who continues to remain in the teaching [of Christ does have God], he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching [but diminishes or adds to the doctrine of Christ], do not receive or welcome him into your house, and do not give him a greeting or any encouragement; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting [who encourages him or wishes him success, unwittingly] participates in his evil deeds. 12 I have many things to write to you, but I prefer not to do so with paper (papyrus) and black (ink); but I hope to come to you and speak with you [d]face to face, so that [e]your joy may be complete.

13 The children of your elect (chosen) sister greet you.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 John 1:1 Many scholars believe the words “lady and her children” refer to a specific woman and her family; some others view the words “lady and her children” as the personification of a church and its members.
  2. 2 John 1:5 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
  3. 2 John 1:7 John is not referring to the Antichrist of Revelation, but is using the term generally of anyone who is opposed to the cause of Christ.
  4. 2 John 1:12 Lit mouth to mouth.
  5. 2 John 1:12 One early ms reads our.

Nueva Versión Internacional

2 Juan

El anciano,

a la iglesia elegida y a sus miembros,[a] a quienes amo en la verdad —y no solo yo, sino todos los que han conocido la verdad—, a causa de esa verdad que permanece en nosotros y que estará con nosotros para siempre:

La gracia, la misericordia y la paz de Dios el Padre y de Jesucristo, el Hijo del Padre, estarán con nosotros en verdad y en amor.

Me alegré muchísimo al encontrarme con algunos de ustedes[b] que están practicando la verdad, según el mandamiento que nos dio el Padre. Y ahora, hermanos, les ruego que nos amemos los unos a los otros. Y no es que les[c] esté escribiendo un mandamiento nuevo, sino el que hemos tenido desde el principio. En esto consiste el amor: en que pongamos en práctica sus mandamientos. Y este es el mandamiento: que vivan en este amor, tal como ustedes lo han escuchado desde el principio.

Es que han salido por el mundo muchos engañadores que no reconocen que Jesucristo ha venido en cuerpo humano. El que así actúa es el engañador y el anticristo. Cuídense de no echar a perder el fruto de nuestro trabajo;[d] procuren más bien recibir la recompensa completa. Todo el que se descarría y no permanece en la enseñanza de Cristo no tiene a Dios; el que permanece en la enseñanza[e] sí tiene al Padre y al Hijo. 10 Si alguien los visita y no lleva esta enseñanza, no lo reciban en casa ni le den la bienvenida, 11 pues quien le da la bienvenida se hace cómplice de sus malas obras.

12 Aunque tengo muchas cosas que decirles, no he querido hacerlo por escrito, pues espero visitarlos y hablar personalmente con ustedes para que nuestra alegría sea completa.

13 Los miembros de la comunidad elegida, hermana tuya, te[f] mandan saludos.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 la iglesia … miembros. Lit. la señora elegida y a sus hijos.
  2. 4 ustedes. Lit. tus hijos.
  3. 5 hermanos, les ruego … Y no es que les. Lit. señora, te ruego … Y no es que te.
  4. 8 el fruto de nuestro trabajo. Lit. lo que hemos trabajado. Var. lo que ustedes han trabajado.
  5. 9 enseñanza. Var. enseñanza de Cristo.
  6. 13 Los miembros … te. Lit. Los hijos de tu hermana, la elegida, te.