1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are also faithful1.1 Other ancient authorities read who are at Ephesus and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The gospel of salvation
31.3: 2 Cor 1.3.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, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 5He destined us in love1.5 Or before him in love, having destined us to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 61.6: Col 1.13.to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 71.7: Col 1.14.In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8which he lavished upon us. 9For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ 101.10: Gal 4.4.as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will, 12we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 141.14: 2 Cor 1.22.which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
151.15: Col 1.9.For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love1.15 Other ancient authorities omit your love toward all the saints, 161.16: Col 1.3.I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that 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, 181.18: Deut 33.3.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, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might 201.20: Ps 110.1.which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, 211.21: Col 1.6; 2.10, 15.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 that which is to come; 221.22: Ps 8.6; Col 1.19.and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 231.23: Rom 12.5; Col 2.17.which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
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