From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle because that is what God wanted. To God's holy people living in Ephesus, believers in Christ Jesus:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.
That is, in Christ, he chose us before the world was made so that we would be his holy people -- people without blame before him.
Because of his love, God had already decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. That was what he wanted and what pleased him,
and it brings praise to God because of his wonderful grace. God gave that grace to us freely, in Christ, the One he loves.