A shorter take on Ephesians 1

From: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus.

To: The faithful saints.

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!

God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.

God chose us to be holy and blameless before him in love. He did this in Christ before the foundation of the world.

God destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ.

In Christ, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our failings, according to the riches of God’s grace.

God has made known to us the mystery of his will set forth in Christ. God’s plan is to gather up all things in himself.

In Christ we obtained an inheritance that we might live for the praise of his glory.

God accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will.

When you heard the good news and believed Jesus, you were given God’s Spirit. This is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward others. For this reason, I give thanks for you in my prayers. I pray the Father of glory may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him.

With the eyes of your heart enlightened, you will know the hope to which God has called you.

You will know the riches of God’s glorious inheritance.

You will know the immeasurable greatness of God’s power for us who believe.

God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places. This place is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named.

God has put all things under Christ’s feet and has made him the head over all things. God has done this for the church, which is Christ’s body.

(This shortened take on Ephesians 1 is based on the New Revised Standard Version of Scripture.)

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