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Ephesians 1:15-23 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.