Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessin in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his siht. !n love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons throuh Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will" to the praise of his lorious race, which he has freely iven us in the #ne he loves. !n him we have redemption throuh his blood, the foriveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God$s race that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understandin. %nd he made &nown to us the mystery of his will accordin to his ood pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment "to brin all thins in heaven and on earth toether under one head, even Christ. !n him we were also chosen, havin been predestined accordin to the plan of him who wor&s out everythin in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, miht be for the praise of his lory. %nd you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the ospel of your salvation. 'avin believed, you were mar&ed in him with a seal, the promised 'oly (pirit, who is a deposit uaranteein our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God$s possession"to the praise of his lory. For this reason, ever since ! heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, ! have not stopped ivin than&s for you, rememberin you in my prayers. ! &eep as&in that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the lorious Father, may ive you the (pirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may &now him better. ! pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlihtened in order that you may &now the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his lorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably reat power for us who believe. )hat power is li&e the wor&in of his mihty strenth, which he e*erted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his riht hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be iven, not only in the present ae but also in the one to come. %nd God placed all thins under his feet and appointed him to be head over everythin for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everythin in every way.
%s for you, you were dead in your transressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the &indom of the air, the spirit who is now at wor& in those who are disobedient. %ll of us also lived amon them at one time, ratifyin the cravins of our sinful nature and followin its desires and thouhts. Li&e the rest, we were by nature ob+ects of wrath. ut because of his reat love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transressions"it is by race you have been saved. %nd God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the comin aes