Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,2 who has blessed us in the heavenly realms3 with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us4 in him before the creation of the world5 to be holy and blameless6 in his sight. In love75
hea predestined8 us to be adopted as his sons9 through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure10 and will--
to the praise of his glorious grace,11 which he has freely given us in the One he loves.127
In him we have redemption13 through his blood,14 the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches15 of God's grace
that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
And heb made known to us the mystery16 of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed17 in Christ,
to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment18--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.1911
In him we were also chosen,c having been predestined20 according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose21 of his will,
in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.22