Ephesians

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Ephesians 1 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints at Ephesus, faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heaven, 4 as he chose us in him before the founding of the universe, to be utterly holy and flawless in his presence in love, 5 predetermining our adoption through Jesus Christ into him, in line with the kindness of his wishes, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he freely conferred on us in the beloved.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins in line with the abundance of his grace 8 which he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 He has made known to us the mystery of his will, which in his delight he planned in Christ, 10 at the supervision of the completion of time, to gather up all things, both in the heavens and on earth, in Christ. 11 In whom we received a birthright, being chosen beforehand according to the intention of the one who accomplishes all things just as he determines, 12 so that we, who have put our hope in Christ in advance, should be to the praise of his glory. 13 And when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, you were sealed in him, in the Spirit, with the holy promise, 14 which is the deposit towards our inheritance until the liberation of his purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

15  So, ever since I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you and remembering you in my prayers 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you may know him fully and accurately. 18 I pray that your rational insight may be enlightened to know the hope you are called to, and the glorious extravagance of the saints’ inheritance in him, 19 and the transcendent supremacy of his power for us who believe. This is the same potency of his strength 20 which he employed when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in heaven, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion and every title given, not only in this age but in the one to come, 22 and placed everything in subjection beneath his feet and made him head over all the assemblies, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fulfills everything in everyone.

Ephesians 2 1 And now you are dead to the offenses and sins 2 in which you once lived, as the world still does, in line with the influence of the ruler of the air, the spirit now working in the offspring of disobedience. 3 We all once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, fulfilling the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and were inherently children of wrath like the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, due to the great love he has for us, 5 made us alive together with Christ and so we are dead to sin, having been saved by grace, 6 and he raised us in Christ Jesus and seated us, in him, in heaven, 7 so that in the ages to come, he could demonstrate the transcendent riches of his grace by his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8 For you are saved by grace, through faith; and this not of yourselves, the gift is of God 9 not of deeds, so no one may boast, 10 for we are his craftsmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepares in advance for us to carry out. 11 So remember that you, once Gentiles by birth—those called ‘The Uncircumcised’ by those who teach circumcision in the flesh by hands—12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope in the world without God, 13 but now, in Christ Jesus, you who were outsiders are now gathered in through the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, making us both one by destroying the wall of division that stood between us, 15 the conflict, in his flesh; annulling the commandments ordained by the law, so that in himself he could create from the two one new man, establishing peace, 16 and reconciling both to God in one body through the cross, by which he took the hostility itself to death. 17 He came and brought the good news of peace to you who were distant and those who were close, 18 so that through him we both have access to the Father in one Spirit.

19 As a result, you are no longer strangers and outsiders but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the family of God, 20 being built on the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone; 21 in whom the entire building fits together, growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 and you too are being built together by the Spirit into this residence of God.

Ephesians 3 1 For this reason, I Paul, prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles… 2 I assume you have heard how I was assigned with the administration of God’s grace for you; 3 how he made known to me the mystery by revelation, as I wrote before in brief, 4 in order that, as you read, you will understand my grasp of the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not revealed to the sons of men in earlier generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets. 6 The revelation is that the Gentiles are joint heirs with Israel, form the same body, and share the promise in Christ through the gospel.

7 I became a minister of the gospel in line with the gift of God’s grace, given to me through the exercise of his power. 8 To me, less than the least of all the saints, was granted the grace to announce to the Gentiles the good news of the untraceable wealth of Christ, 9 and to enlighten all regarding the dispensation of this mystery, which from the beginning has been hidden in God who created all things, 10 so that through the assembly, the many aspects of God’s wisdom would be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 in line with the eternal purpose which he fulfils in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him we have courage and assured access [to the Father] through his faith.

13 I would ask you not to be disheartened by my ordeals for you, for they are your glory. 14 For this reason I kneel to the Father, 15 by whom all people, in the heavens and on earth, are being called by name, 16 and pray that he may grant you, in line with his glorious abundance, power to strengthen your inner man by his Spirit; 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, so that, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 you should be able to truly grasp—together with all the saints—what is the breadth and length and depth and height 19 of that which transcends knowledge: the love of Christ, so you may be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 So, to the one capable of doing far above and beyond all we request or imagine, in line with his power that is active in us, 21 to him be glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus for all the generations through the ages for ever. Amen.

Ephesians 4 1 So I, captive in the Lord, urge you to live up to the calling you have received 2 with all humility and gentleness, patiently bearing with one another in love, 3 and, bound together in peace, diligent to preserve the oneness of the Spirit: 4 one body and one Spirit, and, just as you were called to one confident anticipation by your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all—the one who is over all and through all and in you all. 7 Yet grace was given to each of us in line with the scope of Christ’s gift, 8 as the scripture says, “he ascended on high defeating bondage and so gave gifts to man.”

9 But how could he ascend, unless he first descended to the depths of the earth? 10 He that descended is the one who then rose above all the heavens so that he would fulfill all things. 11 And so he provides apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers 12 to complete the saints for works of service, promoting the growth of the body of Christ, 13 until we are all unified, in the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, into one perfect man of the stature and the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we may not be infants any longer, buffeted back and forth and persuaded by every wind of teaching of deceitful people in their crafty strategies of deception, 15 but, professing the truth in love, we will grow in all things into Christ who is our head. 16 Out of him the entire body, being joined together and united through every connection to the supply, and with the full functioning of each part, grows by building itself up in love.

17 So I say this, and solemnly declare in the Lord: you can no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the perverse depravity of their thinking, 18 having darkened minds and being alienated from the life of God, due to their spiritual ignorance caused by hardening their hearts, 19 who, no longer caring, have abandoned themselves to debauchery and made a vocation of their insatiable indulgence. 20 But that’s not how you learn Christ—21 you hear him and are taught in him, in line with the truth that is in Jesus: 22 to take off, just like your former behaviour, the old man which is defiled by deceptive desires; 23 to be renewed in your mind towards the Spirit; 24 and to put on the new man, which is being created by God, in righteousness and true holiness.

25 Therefore, abandon deception and speak the truth with your neighbour since we are members of each other. 26 Don’t sin when you are angry; don’t let the sun set on your indignation, 27 and give the devil no opening. 28 Let the thief stop stealing and work instead, using his hands to earn honestly; then he will have something to share with those in need. 29 Don’t let any defiling word out of your mouth, only what is good to enlighten, consistent with the need to give grace to those who hear, 30 so you don’t distress God’s Holy Spirit, in whom you are sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, rage, anger, uproar and slander be gone from you, together with every evil intent; 32 and be kind and compassionate to each other, forgiving one another just as God forgives you in Christ.

Ephesians 5 1 Become then, more and more, disciples of God, as beloved children, 2 moving in love just as Christ loves us, giving himself up for our sake, his offering and sacrifice a fragrant aroma to God. 3 So let there be no suggestion of fornication, greed, or any uncleanness among you, as they are inappropriate for saints; 4 no obscenity, foolish talk, or jesting, which are equally inappropriate; but instead, thanksgiving. 5 For, as you know, no one who is a fornicator or impure or avaricious—and is thus an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one’s futile arguments deceive you, since they will cause God’s wrath to fall on the stubbornly disobedient, 7 so don’t be associated with them.

8 Though once you were darkness, now you are light in the Lord, so live as children of light: 9 the fruit of light is in all goodness, righteousness and truth, 10 and discerning what really delights the Lord. 11 And don’t join with them in the barren works of darkness, but rather rebuke them, 12 for it is sordid even to mention the things they do in secret, 13 but everything exposed will then be fully revealed by the light, for light reveals everything. 14 Which is why it says, “rouse yourself sleeper, arise from the dead, and the Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be careful how perfectly you live, in wisdom not in foolishness, 16 redeeming every opportunity as the days are evil. 17 Don’t be fools, but understand what the will of the Lord is, 18 and don’t get drunk on wine, which removes all restraint; instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 mentally reciting psalms, singing hymns and spiritual songs, and making music in your hearts to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Yield to each other in the fear of Christ: 22 wives, be subject to your husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is head of the assembly and saviour of the body, 24 and, just as the assembly is subject to Christ, so the women are to their husbands in all respects.

25 Husbands love your wives, as Christ loves the assembly, giving himself up for her sake 26 in order to sanctify her, and purifying her by washing in the water of his guidance, 27 that he should set the assembly at his side in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and faultless. 28 Just so, husbands should love their wives like their own bodies: he who loves his wife, loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own body, but nurtures and cares for it, just like the Lord nurtures the assembly, 30 and we are members of his body. 31 That’s why, when a man leaves his father and mother and becomes joined to his wife, the two become one flesh. 32 What I am saying concerning Christ and the assembly is a profound mystery, 33 however, let each one love his wife as himself like this so that she will honour her husband.

Ephesians 6 1 Children, listen obediently in the Lord to your parents, as to do so is righteous, 2 “honour your father and mother”—the commandment with the foremost promise: 3 “that it may go well for you and your life will be long on the earth.”

4 And fathers: don’t raise your children for wrath, but bring them up in the discipline and guidance of the Lord.

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect, concern and sincerity of heart as to Christ; 6 not for approval just when you can be seen, but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from your heart, 7 serving with good grace as to the Lord, not to men, 8 well aware that whatever good anyone does, he will receive just reward from the Lord, whether he be slave or free.

9 And masters, grant them the same attitude: forsake the threat, as you know that their master and yours is in heaven and there is no favouritism with him.

10  Lastly brethren, be strong in the Lord, in the power of his strength. 11 Clad yourself in God’s full armour, so that you will be able to stand against the devil’s schemes, 12 for our combat is not with flesh and blood, but against rulers and authorities: the lord of this world’s darkness and evil spirits in the heavens. 13 Therefore take up all the armour of God so you will be able to resist in the time of evil and, having accomplished everything, to stand firm.

14 Stand then, prepared for action by truth, with righteousness as your breastplate; 15 with the firm footing of the gospel of peace; 16 and with faith as the main shield over you all, which will enable you to extinguish all the burning arrows of evil. 17 Accept salvation as your helmet, and the words of God as your spiritual sword; 18  and pray in the Spirit on every occasion with all sorts of prayers and petitions, staying alert in order to pray purposefully and tenaciously for all the saints.

19 Pray for me too, that when I open my mouth I may be given fluency in speaking, to communicate fearlessly the mystery of the gospel, 20 (for the sake of which I am an ambassador in chains), that I may speak freely as I should.

21 So that you may know how I am, as well as all that I am doing, Tychicus, beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will keep you informed, 22 I send him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we’re doing, and he may encourage your hearts.

23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ.

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