Ephesians 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I, Paul, am under God's plan as an apostle, a special agent of Christ Jesus, writing to you faithful Christians in Ephesus. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. The God of Glory 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. 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.
4 Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
5 Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--
6 He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
7 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people - free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace
8 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
9 letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
10 a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
11 It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
12 part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
13 It's in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free - signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
14 This signet from God is the first installment on what's coming, a reminder that we'll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.
15 That's why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the Christians, 15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 I couldn't stop thanking God for you - every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
17 But I do more than thank. I ask - ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory - to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him - endless energy, boundless strength! 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21 in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
22 He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence. 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.