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: 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
deceitful desires4 to be made new in the attitude of your minds4 and to put on the new self, created to be li&e God in true ri hteousness and holiness. )herefore each of you must put off falsehood and spea& truthfully to his nei hbor, for we are all members of one body. -!n your an er do not sin-: 9o not let the sun o down while you are still an ry, and do not ive the devil a foothold. 'e who has been stealin must steal no lon er, but must wor&, doin somethin useful with his own hands, that he may have somethin to share with those in need. 9o not let any unwholesome tal& come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for buildin others up accordin to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. %nd do not rieve the 'oly (pirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, ra e and an er, brawlin and slander, alon with every form of malice. ,e &ind and compassionate to one another, for ivin each other, +ust as in Christ God for ave you. ,e imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, +ust as Christ loved us and ave himself up for us as a fra rant offerin and sacrifice to God. ,ut amon you there must not be even a hint of se*ual immorality, or of any &ind of impurity, or of reed, because these are improper for God$s holy people. 2or should there be obscenity, foolish tal& or coarse +o&in , which are out of place, but rather than&s ivin . For of this you can be sure: 2o immoral, impure or reedy person"such a man is an idolater"has any inheritance in the &in dom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such thin s God$s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. )herefore do not be partners with them. For you were once dar&ness, but now you are li ht in the Lord. Live as children of li ht .for the fruit of the li ht consists in all oodness, ri hteousness and truth/ and find out what pleases the Lord. 'ave nothin to do with the fruitless deeds of dar&ness, but rather e*pose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. ,ut everythin e*posed by the li ht becomes visible, for it is li ht that ma&es everythin visible. )his is why it is said: -6a&e up, # sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.,e very careful, then, how you live"not as unwise but as wise, ma&in the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. )herefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord$s will is. 9o not et drun& on wine, which leads to debauchery. !nstead, be filled with the (pirit. (pea& to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual son s. (in and ma&e music in your heart to the Lord, always ivin than&s to God the Father for everythin , in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (ubmit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 6ives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the (avior. 2ow as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everythin .
'usbands, love your wives, +ust as Christ loved the church and ave himself up for her to ma&e her holy, cleansin her by the washin with water throu h the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrin&le or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. !n this same way, husbands ou ht to love their wives as their own bodies. 'e who loves his wife loves himself. %fter all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, +ust as Christ does the church" for we are members of his body. -For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.- )his is a profound mystery"but ! am tal&in about Christ and the church. 'owever, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is ri ht. -'onor your father and mother-"which is the first commandment with a promise" -that it may o well with you and that you may en+oy lon life on the earth.: Fathers, do not e*asperate your children4 instead, brin them up in the trainin and instruction of the Lord. (laves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, +ust as you would obey Christ. #bey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but li&e slaves of Christ, doin the will of God from your heart. (erve wholeheartedly, as if you were servin the Lord, not men, because you &now that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever ood he does, whether he is slave or free. %nd masters, treat your slaves in the same way. 9o not threaten them, since you &now that he who is both their 5aster and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. Finally, be stron in the Lord and in his mi hty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can ta&e your stand a ainst the devil$s schemes. For our stru le is not a ainst flesh and blood, but a ainst the rulers, a ainst the authorities, a ainst the powers of this dar& world and a ainst the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. )herefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your round, and after you have done everythin , to stand. (tand firm then, with the belt of truth buc&led around your waist, with the breastplate of ri hteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the ospel of peace. !n addition to all this, ta&e up the shield of faith, with which you can e*tin uish all the flamin arrows of the evil one. )a&e the helmet of salvation and the sword of the (pirit, which is the word of God. %nd pray in the (pirit on all occasions with all &inds of prayers and re1uests. 6ith this in mind, be alert and always &eep on prayin for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever ! open my mouth, words may be iven me so that ! will fearlessly ma&e &nown the mystery of the ospel, for which ! am an ambassador in chains. Pray that ! may declare it fearlessly, as ! should. )ychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everythin , so that you also may &now how ! am and what ! am doin . ! am sendin him to you for this very purpose, that you may &now how we are, and that he may encoura e you.
Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undyin love.
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