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Ephesians 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Blessings of Redemption

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus [a]by the will of God,

To the [b]saints who are [c]at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before [d]Him. In love [e]He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the [f]kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In [g]Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He [h]lavished on [i]us. In all wisdom and insight He [j]made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His [k]kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration [l]suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things [m]in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 [n]also we [o]have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in [p]Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In [q]Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also [r]believed, you were sealed in [s]Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is [t]given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and [u]your love for all the [v]saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the [w]knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart [x]may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the [y]saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 1:1 Lit through
  2. Ephesians 1:1 Or holy ones
  3. Ephesians 1:1 Three early mss do not contain at Ephesus
  4. Ephesians 1:4 Or Him, in love
  5. Ephesians 1:5 Lit having predestined
  6. Ephesians 1:5 Lit good pleasure
  7. Ephesians 1:7 Lit whom
  8. Ephesians 1:8 Lit made abundant toward
  9. Ephesians 1:8 Or us, in all wisdom and insight
  10. Ephesians 1:9 Lit making known
  11. Ephesians 1:9 Lit good pleasure
  12. Ephesians 1:10 Lit of
  13. Ephesians 1:10 Lit upon
  14. Ephesians 1:11 Lit in whom also
  15. Ephesians 1:11 Or were made a heritage
  16. Ephesians 1:12 I.e. the Messiah
  17. Ephesians 1:13 Lit whom
  18. Ephesians 1:13 Or believed in Him, you were sealed
  19. Ephesians 1:13 Lit whom
  20. Ephesians 1:14 Or a down payment
  21. Ephesians 1:15 Three early mss do not contain your love
  22. Ephesians 1:15 V 1, note 2
  23. Ephesians 1:17 Or true knowledge
  24. Ephesians 1:18 Lit being
  25. Ephesians 1:18 Or holy ones
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Ephesians 1 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Paul’s Introduction

Dear friends,

My name is Paul, and I was chosen by God to be an apostle of Jesus, the Messiah. I’m writing this letter to all the devoted believers[a] who have been made holy[b] by being one with Jesus, the Anointed One.

May God himself, the heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, release grace over you and impart total well-being[c] into your lives.

Our Sonship and the Father’s Plan

Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because he sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate him[d] with all our hearts!

And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe![e] Because of his great love, he ordained[f] us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.

5–6 For it was always in his perfect plan[g] to adopt[h] us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace[i]—for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!

Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation[j] of our sins—all because of the cascading riches[k] of his grace. This superabundant grace is already powerfully working in us,[l] releasing within us all forms of wisdom and practical understanding. And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time. 10 And because of God’s unfailing purpose, this detailed plan will reign supreme through every period of time until the fulfillment of all the ages finally reaches its climax—when God makes all things new[m] in all of heaven and earth through Jesus Christ.

11 Through our union with Christ we too have been claimed by God as his own inheritance.[n] Before we were even born, he gave us our destiny;[o] that we would fulfill the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart. 12 God’s purpose was that we Jews, who were the first to long for the messianic hope, would be the first to believe in the Anointed One and bring great praise and glory to God!

13 And because of him, when you who are not Jews heard the revelation[p] of truth, you believed in the wonderful news of salvation. Now we have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.[q]

14 He is given to us like an engagement ring[r] is given to a bride, as the first installment of what’s coming! He is our hope-promise of a future inheritance[s] which seals us until we have all of redemption’s promises and experience complete freedom—all for the supreme glory and honor of God!

Paul Prays for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

15 Because of this, since I first heard about your strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and your tender love toward all his devoted ones, 16 my heart is always full and overflowing with thanks to God for you as I constantly remember you in my prayers.[t] 17 I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation[u] to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.

18 I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination,[v] flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling[w]—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!

19 I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power 20 that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him[x] to the place of highest honor and supreme authority[y] in the heavenly realm! 21 And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised,[z] not only in this age,[aa] but in the age that is coming![ab]

22 And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ[ac] and has given him the highest rank above all others. 23 And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it![ad]

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 1:2 Recent manuscripts add the words “those who are in Ephesus.” The oldest manuscripts have “to the Ephesians” written in the margin. This would reinforce the theory that it is meant to be read and distributed to all the churches. Although the book bears the name “Ephesians,” some scholars believe that this letter could be the missing letter to the Laodiceans mentioned in Col. 4:16. Regardless, Ephesians contains crucial truths for believers worldwide.
  2. Ephesians 1:2 Or “to the saints [holy ones] and the faithful in Christ Jesus.” Notice that God is the one who makes us holy, but our response is to be “faithful” (or “devoted”).
  3. Ephesians 1:2 Or “peace.” The Hebrew concept of peace means much more than tranquility.
  4. Ephesians 1:3 Or “bless” (or “blessed be God”).
  5. Ephesians 1:4 As translated from the Aramaic. There is an alternate Greek translation of the unique wording of this verse that could be translated “He chose us to be a ‘word’ before the fall of the world.” The Greek word for “chose” is eklegomai, which is a form of lego (speak). The word for “fall” (Adam’s fall) is kataboles, which can mean “falling down,” but is usually translated as “foundation” (of the world).
  6. Ephesians 1:4 As translated from the Aramaic. One Eastern Aramaic text can be translated “He marked us with his love.” The Greek text states “predestined us” or “set us apart.”
  7. Ephesians 1:5 Or “He marked out our horizon [destiny] beforehand.”
  8. Ephesians 1:5 The Aramaic reads “to establish us.”
  9. Ephesians 1:5 Or “to the praise of the glory of his grace.”
  10. Ephesians 1:7 Or “forgiveness.” The Greek word aphesis, means “to send away” or “to set free” (from bondage).
  11. Ephesians 1:7 The Greek word for riches (ploutos) is also used to describe God’s wisdom and knowledge in Rom. 11:33. Just as God is all-knowing and has all-wisdom, so he has untold riches of grace available for his children.
  12. Ephesians 1:8 Or “lavished on us.”
  13. Ephesians 1:10 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek text states “God will gather together all things in fulfillment in Christ.” That is, God will unite all things under the headship of Christ.
  14. Ephesians 1:11 The Greek construction of this phrase can mean either that God appointed us (Gr. klēroō, chosen by casting lots) to be his inheritance, or that we have been appointed an inheritance.
  15. Ephesians 1:11 Or “estate.”
  16. Ephesians 1:13 The Greek text is logos or “word of God.”
  17. Ephesians 1:13 Some Aramaic manuscripts add here “who was announced by the angels.”
  18. Ephesians 1:14 The Greek word used here can be translated “pledge,” “down payment” or “engagement ring.”
  19. Ephesians 1:14 The Aramaic word used for “inheritance” can also be translated “dividend.”
  20. Ephesians 1:16 The literal Aramaic text can be translated “I began confessing on your behalf and praying.”
  21. Ephesians 1:17 Or “discovery.”
  22. Ephesians 1:18 Or “innermost” (heart).
  23. Ephesians 1:18 Or “to which he is calling you.”
  24. Ephesians 1:20 Or “he seated him” (enthroned).
  25. Ephesians 1:20 Or “at his right hand,” a metaphor for the place of honor and authority.
  26. Ephesians 1:21 As translated from the Aramaic.
  27. Ephesians 1:21 The Aramaic word can be translated “universe.”
  28. Ephesians 1:21 As translated from the Aramaic.
  29. Ephesians 1:22 Both Greek and Aramaic texts use the figure of speech “under his feet,” which means he has conquered, subdued, and now rules over them.
  30. Ephesians 1:23 That is, as we are those who are filled (completed) by Christ, we also complete (fill) him. What a wonderful and humbling mystery is revealed by this verse.
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