1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus,a the faithful in Christ Jesus:
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    • a 1:1 - Some early manuscripts do not have "in Ephesus."
      2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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      Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

      3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
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      4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
      5 heb predestined us for adoption to sonshipc through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
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        • b 1:5 - Or "sight in love. " 5"He"
        • c 1:5 - The Greek word for "adoption to sonship" is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
          6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
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