Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,7 who has blessed us in the heavenly realms8 with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us9 in him before the creation of the world10 to be holy and blameless11 in his sight. In love125
hec predestined13 us to be adopted as his sons14 through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure15 and will--
to the praise of his glorious grace,16 which he has freely given us in the One he loves.177
In him we have redemption18 through his blood,19 the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches20 of God's grace
that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.