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EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
AND OTHER CHURCHES OF ASIA MINOR.
PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints and faithful in Christ Jesus that are in Ephesus; 2 grace and peace be to you, from God our Father, and from our Lord, Christ Jesus. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly things, in Christ: 4 according as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him, in love; 5 having foreordained us for the adoption of children to himself, through Christ Jesus, according to the good pleasure of his will : 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he hath favoured us in the Beloved; by whom we have redemption
through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins; 7 according to the richness of his grace, in which he hath abounded toward us, in all wisdom and intelligence; 8 making known to us the mystery of his will, according
to his gracious purpose which
he fore-determined in himself, 9 that, in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he would unite all things in the Christ, both those in heaven, and those on earth; 10 even in him, in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being foreordained according to his purpose, who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will; 11 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first hoped in Christ: 12 in whom ye also hoped, after ye had heard the word of truth, the glad tidings of your salvation; 13 in whom ye also, after ye had believed, were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise; who is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of his possession, purchased to the praise of his glory. 14 Wherefore I also, since I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and your love to all the saints, 15 cease not to give thanks for you; making mention of you in my prayers, 16 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: 17 that the eyes of your hearts may be enlightened, to know what is the hope of his calling; what the richness of the glory of his inheritance in the saints; and what the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe; 18 according to the working of his mighty power which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places; 19 far above all authority, and principality, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is about to come : 20 and he hath put all things under his feet; and hath given him to be head over all things
to the church, which is his
body; the fulness of him who filleth all in all.
CHAPTER II. AND you, when ye were
dead in your trespasses and lusts in which ye formerly walked, according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience; 2 in which, all we ourselves also formerly lived, in the lusts of our flesh, doing the will of the flesh and of its thoughts; and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest: 3 yet God, (who is rich in mercy,) through his great love with which he loved us, even when we also were dead in those trespasses, hath brought us to life together, in the Christ; 4 and hath raised us together, and made us to sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: 5 that he might shew, in the ages which were coming on, the exceeding richness of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus. 6 For ye are saved by grace, through faith : and that, not from yourselves, it is the gift of God : 7 not by our works, that no one may boast;
Coloss. ii. 14.
8 for, we are his own workmanship, created by Christ Jesus for good works, in which God foreordained that we should walk. 9 Wherefore remember, that ye were formerly those Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that made with hands, in the flesh, which is called Circumcision: 10 that ye were, at that time, apart from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the Covenants; having no hope of the promise, and without God in the world: 11 but now, that ye are in Christ Jesus, ye who were formerly afaroff, have been brought close, by the blood of Christ: 12 for he is our peace, who hath made us both to be one; and hath broken down the middle wall of separation between us, 13 having, in his flesh, abolished the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might make of the two one new man in himself, so making peace between us; 14 and that he might reconcile us both to God in one body, by the cross, having slain our enmity upon it: 15 and when he came, he
16 for, through him we both have access to the Father, by one and the same Spirit.
17 Now, therefore, ye are no longer strangers and foreigners; but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
18 and are built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets; Christ Jesus himself, being the chief corner-stone:
19 in whom all the building, aptly fitted together, groweth up into an holy sanctuary, in the Lord :
20 into which ye, also, are builded together with us, for an habitation of Christ, through the Spirit.
OR this cause, I Paul, the c. iv. 1.
prisoner of Jesus, the
Christ, for the sake of you Gentiles:
2 since ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which hath been given me toward you; that by revelation was made known to me the mystery,
3 (as I wrote before in few words; by which, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of the Christ,)
proclaimed peace to you, who were afar off, and peace to us, who were nigh:
4 which in other generations Rom. xvi. 26, 27. was not made known to the Cor. iii, 10. sons of men, as it is now re
vealed to the holy apostles and prophets, by the Spirit; 5 that the Gentiles should be joint-heirs, and of the same body, and joint-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus, through the gospel: 6 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, given to me by the effectual working of his power: 7 to me, the very least of all the saints, the grace is given, to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 8 and to make them all see, what is the dispensation of the mystery which, from the beginning of the world, hath been hidden in God, who created all things: 9 that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known, by the church, to the principalities and authorities in heavenly places, 10 according to his eternal purpose which he hath accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord ; 11 in whom we have boldness, and access with confidence, by faith in him : 12 wherefore I pray you, not to be disheartened by my tribulation for you, which is your glory. 13 For this cause, I bend my knees to the Father, from
whom the whole family in heaven and earth is so named, 14 that he would grant you, according to the richness of his glory, to be strengthened with power by his Spirit in your inward manhood, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; 15 that, being rooted and grounded in love, ye may be empowered to apprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 16 and to know the love of Christ, which surpasseth knowledge; that ye may be filled with all the fulness of God. 17 Now, to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to his power that worketh in us, 18 to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all the generations of the world. Amen.
of the Spirit in the bond of peace: 4 that ye may be one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 even as there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism ; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all : 6 but, to each of us grace is given, according to the measure of the free gift of Christ. 7 Wherefore he saith, “When “he ascended up on high, he “led captivity captive, and “gave gifts to men :” 8 but, when it is said that he ascended, what meaneth it but that he also first descended to the lower parts of the earth 2 9 He who descended, is the same that also ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things: 10 and, he appointed some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 11 for the fitting of the saints to the work of the ministry; for the building up of the body of Christ, 12 until we all meet together, in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a perfect man; to the measure of stature of the fulness of Christ:
13 that we may be no longer infants, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the craft and subtilty of men, according to the devices of seduction; 14 but that, speaking the truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ: 15 from whom the whole body, fitted and compacted together by every joint of the construction, according to the measure of operation of each part, maketh the body increase, to the building up of itself in love. 16 This, therefore, I say, and testify in the Lord, that ye walk no longer as the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind; 17 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, through the blindness of their heart: 18 who, without remorse, have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 19 But ye have not so learned the Christ; 20 since ye have heard him, and been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus; 21 that ye must put off, with respect to your first conversation, your former manhood,
1 Tiin. ii. 5.
c. iii. 14.
Ps. lxviii. 18.
1 Cor. xii. 28.
Col. ii. 19.