Bible: Eph 1-3

Salutation

1:1 From Paul, 1  an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints [in Ephesus], 2  the faithful 3  in Christ Jesus. 1:2 Grace and peace to you 4  from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

1:3 Blessed 5  is 6  the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed 7  us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 1:4 For 8  he chose us in Christ 9  before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished 10  in his sight 11  in love. 12  1:5 He did this by predestining 13  us to adoption as his 14  sons 15  through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure 16  of his will 1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace 17  that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son. 18  1:7 In him 19  we have redemption through his blood, 20  the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 1:8 that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. 1:9 He did this when he revealed 21  to us the secret 22  of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth 23  in Christ, 24  1:10 toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up 25  all things in Christ – the things in heaven 26  and the things on earth. 27  1:11 In Christ 28  we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, 29  since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will 1:12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope 30  on Christ, 31  would be to the praise of his glory. 1:13 And when 32  you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ 33  – you were marked with the seal 34  of the promised Holy Spirit, 35  1:14 who is the down payment 36  of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, 37  to the praise of his glory.

Prayer for Wisdom and Revelation

1:15 For this reason, 38  because I 39  have heard 40  of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love 41  for all the saints, 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you 42  in my prayers. 1:17 I pray that 43  the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, 44  may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation 45  in your growing knowledge of him, 46  1:18 – since the eyes of your 47  heart have been enlightened 48  – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, 49  what is the wealth of his glorious 50  inheritance in the saints, 1:19 and what is the incomparable 51  greatness of his power toward 52  us who believe, as displayed in 53  the exercise of his immense strength. 54  1:20 This power 55  he exercised 56  in Christ when he raised him 57  from the dead and seated him 58  at his right hand in the heavenly realms 59  1:21 far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 1:22 And God 60  put 61  all things under Christ’s 62  feet, 63  and he gave him to the church as head over all things. 64  1:23 Now the church is 65  his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. 66 

New Life Individually

2:1 And although you were 67  dead 68  in your transgressions and sins, 2:2 in which 69  you formerly lived 70  according to this world’s present path, 71  according to the ruler of the kingdom 72  of the air, the ruler of 73  the spirit 74  that is now energizing 75  the sons of disobedience, 76  2:3 among whom 77  all of us 78  also 79  formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath 80  even as the rest 81 

2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, 2:5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! 82  2:6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 2:7 to demonstrate in the coming ages 83  the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward 84  us in Christ Jesus. 2:8 For by grace you are saved 85  through faith, 86  and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 2:9 it is not from 87  works, so that no one can boast. 88  2:10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them. 89 

New Life Corporately

2:11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “uncircumcisionby the so-called “circumcisionthat is performed on the body 90  by human hands 2:12 that you were at that time without the Messiah, 91  alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, 92  having no hope and without God in the world. 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 93  2:14 For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one 94  and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, 2:15 when he nullified 95  in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man 96  out of two, 97  thus making peace, 2:16 and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. 98  2:17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, 2:18 so that 99  through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, 2:20 because you have been built 100  on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, 101  with Christ Jesus himself as 102  the cornerstone. 103  2:21 In him 104  the whole building, 105  being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Paul's Relationship to the Divine Mystery

3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus 106  for the sake of you Gentiles 3:2 if indeed 107  you have heard of the stewardship 108  of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3:3 that 109  by revelation the divine secret 110  was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. 111  3:4 When reading this, 112  you will be able to 113  understand my insight into this secret 114  of Christ. 3:5 Now this secret 115  was not disclosed to people 116  in former 117  generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by 118  the Spirit, 3:6 namely, that through the gospel 119  the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members 120  of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel 121  according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by 122  the exercise of his power. 123  3:8 To me – less than the least of all the saints 124 this grace was given, 125  to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ 3:9 and to enlighten 126  everyone about God’s secret plan 127  – a secret that has been hidden for ages 128  in God 129  who has created all things. 3:10 The purpose of this enlightenment is that 130  through the church the multifaceted wisdom 131  of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. 3:11 This was according to 132  the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access 133  to God 134  because of 135  Christ’s 136  faithfulness. 137  3:13 For this reason I ask you 138  not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, 139  which 140  is your glory. 141 

Prayer for Strengthened Love

3:14 For this reason 142  I kneel 143  before the Father, 144  3:15 from 145  whom every family 146  in heaven and on the earth is named. 3:16 I pray that 147  according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 148  3:19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to 149  all the fullness of God.

3:20 Now to him who by the power that is working within us 150  is able to do far beyond 151  all that we ask or think, 3:21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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