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Ephesians Paul, An Apostle of Christ Jesus by The

Ephesians Paul, An Apostle of Christ Jesus by The

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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 siht. !n love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons throuh 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 throuh his blood, the foriveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God$s race that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understandin. %nd he made &nown to us the mystery of his will accordin to his ood pleasure, which he  purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment "to brin all thins in heaven and on earth toether under one head, even Christ. !n him we were also chosen, havin been predestined accordin to the plan of him who wor&s out everythin in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, miht be for the praise of his lory. %nd you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the ospel of your salvation. 'avin  believed, you were mar&ed in him with a seal, the promised 'oly (pirit, who is a deposit uaranteein our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God$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 enlihtened 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 mihty strenth, which he e*erted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his riht 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 ae but also in the one to come. %nd God placed all thins 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 transressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the &indom 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 cravins of our sinful nature and followin its desires and thouhts. 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 transressions"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 aes
he miht show the incomparable riches of his race, e*pressed in his &indness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by race you have been saved, throuh faith"and this not from yourselves, it is the ift of God" not by wor&s, so that no one can boast. For we are God$s wor&manship, created in Christ Jesus to do ood wor&s, which God prepared in advance for us to do. )herefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called -uncircumcised- by those who call themselves -the circumcision- that done in the body  by the hands of men/" remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, e*cluded from citi0enship in !srael and foreiners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. ut now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brouht near throuh the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividin wall of hostility, by abolishin in his flesh the law with its commandments and reulations. 'is purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus ma&in peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God throuh the cross,  by which he put to death their hostility. 'e came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For throuh him we both have access to the Father by one (pirit. Conse1uently, you are no loner foreiners and aliens, but fellow citi0ens with God$s  people and members of God$s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and  prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. !n him the whole buildin is  +oined toether and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. %nd in him you too are  bein built toether to become a dwellin in which God lives by his (pirit.For this reason !, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sa&e of you Gentiles" (urely you have heard about the administration of God$s race that was iven to me for you, that is, the mystery made &nown to me by revelation, as ! have already written  briefly. !n readin this, then, you will be able to understand my insiht into the mystery of Christ, which was not made &nown to men in other enerations as it has now been revealed by the (pirit to God$s holy apostles and prophets. )his mystery is that throuh the ospel the Gentiles are heirs toether with !srael, members toether of one body, and sharers toether in the promise in Christ Jesus. ! became a servant of this ospel by the ift of God$s race iven me throuh the wor&in of his power. %lthouh ! am less than the least of all God$s people, this race was iven me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to ma&e plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for aes past was &ept hidden in God, who created all thins. 'is intent was that now, throuh the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made &nown to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, accordin to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. !n him and throuh faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. ! as& you, therefore, not to be discouraed because of my sufferins for you, which are your lory.
For this reason ! &neel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. ! pray that out of his lorious riches he may strenthen you with  power throuh his (pirit in your inner bein, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts throuh faith. %nd ! pray that you, bein rooted and established in love, may have power, toether with all the saints, to rasp how wide and lon and hih and deep is the love of Christ, and to &now this love that surpasses &nowlede"that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  2ow to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we as& or imaine, accordin to his power that is at wor& within us, to him be lory in the church and in Christ Jesus throuhout all enerations, for ever and ever3 %men.%s a prisoner for the Lord, then, ! ure you to live a life worthy of the callin you have received. e completely humble and entle4 be patient, bearin with one another in love. 5a&e every effort to &eep the unity of the (pirit throuh the bond of peace. )here is one  body and one (pirit"+ust as you were called to one hope when you were called" one Lord, one faith, one baptism4 one God and Father of all, who is over all and throuh all and in all. ut to each one of us race has been iven as Christ apportioned it. )his is why it says: -6hen he ascended on hih, he led captives in his train and ave ifts to men.- 6hat does -he ascended- mean e*cept that he also descended to the lower, earthly reions7 'e who descended is the very one who ascended hiher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe./ !t was he who ave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evanelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God$s people for wor&s of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the &nowlede of the (on of God and become mature, attainin to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. )hen we will no loner be infants, tossed bac& and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teachin and by the cunnin and craftiness of men in their deceitful schemin. !nstead, spea&in the truth in love, we will in all thins row up into him who is the 'ead, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, +oined and held toether  by every supportin liament, rows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its wor&. (o ! tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no loner live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thin&in. )hey are dar&ened in their understandin and separated from the life of God because of the inorance that is in them due to the hardenin of their hearts. 'avin lost all sensitivity, they have iven themselves over to sensuality so as to indule in every &ind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 8ou, however, did not come to &now Christ that way. (urely you heard of him and were tauht in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 8ou were tauht, with reard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is bein corrupted by its

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