1 Kutoka kwa Mzee. Kwa mama mteule pamoja na watoto wake niwapendao katika kweli. Wala si mimi tu niwapendaye bali wote wanaoifahamu kweli; 2 kwa sababu ya ile kweli ikaayo ndani yetu na ambayo itakuwa nasi hadi milele.
3 Neema, huruma, na amani zitokazo kwa Mungu Baba na kwa Yesu Kristo Mwana wake zitakuwa pamoja nasi katika kweli na upendo.
Kweli Na Upendo
4 Nimefurahi sana kuona kwamba baadhi ya watoto wako wanadumu katika kweli, kama Baba alivyotuamuru. 5 Na sasa, mama mpendwa, sikuandikii amri mpya, bali ile ile ambayo tumekuwa nayo kutoka mwanzo: kwamba tupendane. 6 Na upendo ni huu: kwamba tuishi kwa kuzifuata amri za Mungu. Na kama mlivyosikia tangu mwanzo, amri yake ni kwamba muishi maisha ya upendo.
7 Kwa maana wadanganyifu wengi wametokea duniani, watu wasiokiri ya kwamba Kristo alikuja kama mwanadamu. Mtu kama huyo ni mdanganyifu na mpinga-Kristo. 8 Jihadharini msije mkapoteza yale mliyoyafanyia kazi, bali mpewe thawabu kamili.
9 Mtu ye yote anayevuka mpaka wa mafundisho ya Kristo, na kuyaacha, huyo hana Mungu. Na mtu anayedumu katika mafundisho ya Kristo, huyo anaye Baba na Mwana pia. 10 Mtu ye yote akija kwenu bila kuwaletea mafundisho haya, msimkaribishe nyumbani kwenu, wala msimsalimu. 11 Kwa maana mtu anayemsalimu anashiriki kazi zake za uovu.
12 Ninayo mengi ya kuwaandikia, lakini sipendi kutumia kara tasi na wino. Badala yake ninatarajia kuwatembelea na kuongea nanyi uso kwa uso, ili furaha yetu ikamilike.
1-2 My dear congregation, I, your pastor, love you in very truth. And I’m not alone—everyone who knows the Truth that has taken up permanent residence in us loves you.
3 Let grace, mercy, and peace be with us in truth and love from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, Son of the Father!
4-6 I can’t tell you how happy I am to learn that many members of your congregation are diligent in living out the Truth, exactly as commanded by the Father. But permit me a reminder, friends, and this is not a new commandment but simply a repetition of our original and basic charter: that we love each other. Love means following his commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love. This is the first thing you heard, and nothing has changed.
Don’t Walk Out on God
7 There are a lot of smooth-talking charlatans loose in the world who refuse to believe that Jesus Christ was truly human, a flesh-and-blood human being. Give them their true title: Deceiver! Antichrist!
8-9 And be very careful around them so you don’t lose out on what we’ve worked so diligently in together; I want you to get every reward you have coming to you. Anyone who gets so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ, walks out on God. But whoever stays with the teaching, stays faithful to both the Father and the Son.
10-11 If anyone shows up who doesn’t hold to this teaching, don’t invite him in and give him the run of the place. That would just give him a platform to perpetuate his evil ways, making you his partner.
12-13 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use paper and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. That will be far more satisfying to both you and me. Everyone here in your sister congregation sends greetings.