Bible: Ephesians 1:3-14
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.