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Ephesians 1

ESV 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: MSG 1 I, Paul, am under God's plan as an apostle, a special agent of Christ Jesus, writing to you faithful Christians in Ephesus. ESV 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. MSG 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 ESV 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, MSG 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. ESV 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love MSG 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. ESV 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, MSG 5 Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) ESV 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. MSG 6 He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. ESV 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, MSG 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! ESV 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight MSG 8 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, ESV 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ MSG 9 letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, ESV 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. MSG 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. ESV 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, MSG 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, ESV 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. MSG 12 part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. ESV 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, MSG 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. ESV 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,to the praise of his glory. MSG 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. ESV 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, MSG 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, ESV 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, MSG 16 I couldn't stop thanking God for you - every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. ESV 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, MSG 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, ESV 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, MSG 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, ESV 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might MSG 19 oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him - endless energy, boundless strength! ESV 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, MSG 20 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, ESV 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. MSG 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. ESV 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, MSG 22 He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. ESV 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. MSG 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.

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