1:1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints that are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:
1:2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: 1:4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: 1:5having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 1:6to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved: 1:7in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 1:8which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 1:9making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him 1:10unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth; in him, I say,1:11in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will; 1:12to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: 1:13in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,-- in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 1:14which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.
1:15For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which ye show toward all the saints, 1:16cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 1:17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; 1:18having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 1:19and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might 1:20which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, 1:21far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 1:22and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, 1:23which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Fillmore Study Bible annotations compiled by Mark Hicks
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