From Paul, who by God's will is an apostle of Christ Jesus - 1 To God's people in Ephesus, who are faithful in their life in union with Christ Jesus:
References for Ephesians 1:1
1.1 Ac 18.19-21; 19.1.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.
Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love
God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children - this was his pleasure and purpose.
References for Ephesians 1:5
Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!