Ephesians 1:1-11 NLT

1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.It is written to God's holy people in Ephesus, a who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

References for Ephesians 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Some manuscripts do not include <I>in Ephesus.</I>
      2 May grace and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
      3 How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ.
      4 Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
      5 His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.
      6 So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved Son.
      7 He is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven.
      8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
      9 God's secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure.
      10 And this is his plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ -- everything in heaven and on earth.
      11 Furthermore, because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, b for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago.

      References for Ephesians 1:11

        • b 1:11 - Or <I>we have become God's inheritance.</I>