Greeting1 Paul a an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: bTo the faithful ▼
▼saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.saints d in Christ Jesus at Ephesus. ▼
▼Other mss omit at Ephesus, f 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s Rich Blessings3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. g 4For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. ▼ , i In love ▼
▼Or In His sight in love5He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace k that He favored us with in the Beloved. l 7We have ▼
▼redemption/redeemed: The deliverance from bondage by a payment or ransom (Mk 10:45; 1Pe 1:18-19)redemption in Him n through His blood, the forgiveness o of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9He made known to us the ▼
▼Mystery: Transliteration of the Greek word mysterion; a secret hidden in the past but now revealedmystery of His will, q according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him r 10 for the administration ▼
▼Or dispensation; lit house law (Gk oikonomia)of the days of fulfillment ▼
▼Lit the fulfillment of times– to bring everything together in the ▼
▼Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".Messiah v both things in heaven and things on earth w in Him. x 11We have also received an inheritance ▼
▼Or we also were chosen as an inheritance, or we were also made an inheritancein Him, predestined z according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, 12so that we who had already put our hope aa in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory. ab 13When you heard the message of truth, ac the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. ad 14 He is the down payment ae of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession ▼
▼The possession could be either man’s or God’sto the praise of His glory.
Prayer for Spiritual Insight15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, ▼
▼Or the Father of glorywould give you a spirit ▼
▼Or you the Spirit, ai of wisdom and revelation aj in the knowledge of Him. 18I pray that the perception of your mind ▼
▼Lit the eyes of your heartmay be enlightened so you may know what is the hope al of His calling, am what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power an to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.
God’s Power in Christ20 He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand ao in the heavens ap – 21far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, ▼
▼Lit every name named, ar not only in this age but also in the one to come. as 22 And He put everything under His feet at , au and appointed Him as head av over everything for the church, 23 which is His body aw the fullness ax of the One who fills all things ay in every way.
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