|Ephesians 1 (NKJV™)
|Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and 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 should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
|having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
|to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
|In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
|which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
|having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
|that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him.
|In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
|that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
|In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
|who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
|Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
|do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
|that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
|the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
|and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
|which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
|far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
|And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
|which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
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