1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
to the saints who
are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you
and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 just as he chose
us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless
before him in love.
5 He destined
us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according
to the good pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise
of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have
redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace
8 that he lavished
on us. With all wisdom and insight
9 he has made
known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure
that he set forth in Christ,
10 as a plan for
the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in
heaven and things on earth.
11 In Christ we
have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according
to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his
counsel and will,
12 so that we,
who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the
praise of his glory.
13 In him you
also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised
14 this is the
pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own
people, to the praise of his glory.