Ephesians 1:7-17 (New International Version)

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7 In him we have redemption1 through his blood,2 the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches3 of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And hea made known to us the mystery4 of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed5 in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment6--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.7 11 In him we were also chosen,b having been predestined8 according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose9 of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.10 13 And you also were included in Christ11 when you heard the word of truth,12 the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal,13 the promised Holy Spirit,14 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance15 until the redemption16 of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.17

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus18 and your love for all the saints,19 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you,20 remembering you in my prayers.21 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,22 may give you the Spiritc of wisdom23 and revelation, so that you may know him better.
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