Bible: Ephesians 1:3-1:4

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

1:3 Blessed 1  is 2  the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed 3  us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 1:4 For 4  he chose us in Christ 5  before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished 6  in his sight 7  in love. 8  1:5 He did this by predestining 9  us to adoption as his 10  sons 11  through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure 12  of his will 1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace 13  that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son. 14  1:7 In him 15  we have redemption through his blood, 16  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 17  to us the secret 18  of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth 19  in Christ, 20  1:10 toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up 21  all things in Christ – the things in heaven 22  and the things on earth. 23  1:11 In Christ 24  we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, 25  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 26  on Christ, 27  would be to the praise of his glory. 1:13 And when 28  you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ 29  – you were marked with the seal 30  of the promised Holy Spirit, 31  1:14 who is the down payment 32  of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, 33  to the praise of his glory.

Prayer for Wisdom and Revelation

1:15 For this reason, 34  because I 35  have heard 36  of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love 37  for all the saints, 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you 38  in my prayers. 1:17 I pray that 39  the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, 40  may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation 41  in your growing knowledge of him, 42  1:18 – since the eyes of your 43  heart have been enlightened 44  – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, 45  what is the wealth of his glorious 46  inheritance in the saints, 1:19 and what is the incomparable 47  greatness of his power toward 48  us who believe, as displayed in 49  the exercise of his immense strength. 50  1:20 This power 51  he exercised 52  in Christ when he raised him 53  from the dead and seated him 54  at his right hand in the heavenly realms 55  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 56  put 57  all things under Christ’s 58  feet, 59  and he gave him to the church as head over all things. 60  1:23 Now the church is 61  his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. 62 

Salutation

1:1 From Paul, 63  an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints [in Ephesus], 64  the faithful 65  in Christ Jesus. 1:2 Grace and peace to you 66  from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

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