Ephesians 1


1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 a 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, 4 just as b He chose us in Him c before the foundation of the world, that we should d be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 e having predestined us to f adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, g according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, h by which He 1 made us accepted in i the Beloved. 7 j In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to k the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and 2 prudence, 9 l having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure m which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of n the fullness of the times o He might gather together in one p all things in Christ, 3 both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him.

11 q In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to r the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 s that we t who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard u the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, v you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 w who 4 is the 5 guarantee of our inheritance x until the redemption of y the purchased possession, z to the praise of His glory.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 Therefore I also, a after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 b do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that c the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, d may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 e the eyes of your 6 understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is f the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, g according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when h He raised Him from the dead and i seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 j far above all k principality 7 and 8 power and 9 might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And l He put all things under His feet, and gave Him m to be head over all things to the church, 23 n which is His body, o the fullness of Him p who fills all in all.

  1. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:3
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 8:28
    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
  3. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:2
    Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
  4. Cross References
    Luke 1:75
    In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
  5. Cross References
    Acts 13:48
    Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
    Romans 8:29
    For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
  6. Cross References
    John 1:12
    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
  7. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:21
    For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 3:24
    Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 3:17
    And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
  10. Cross References
    Hebrews 9:12
    Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
  11. Cross References
    Romans 3:24
    Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
    Romans 3:25
    Whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.
  12. Cross References
    Romans 16:25
    Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began
  13. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:9
    Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
  14. Cross References
    Galatians 4:4
    But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
  15. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:22
    Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come - all are yours.
  16. Cross References
    Ephesians 3:15
    From whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
    Philippians 2:9
    Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.
    Colossians 1:16
    For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
    Colossians 1:20
    And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
  17. Cross References
    Romans 8:17
    And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 46:10
    Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure.
  19. Cross References
    2 Thessalonians 2:13
    But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
  20. Cross References
    James 1:18
    Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
  21. Cross References
    John 1:17
    For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
  22. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:22
    Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
  23. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:5
    Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
  24. Cross References
    Romans 8:23
    Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
  25. Cross References
    Acts 20:28
    Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
  26. Cross References
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
  27. Cross References
    Colossians 1:4
    Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints.
  28. Cross References
    Romans 1:9
    For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.
  29. Cross References
    John 20:17
    Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'
    Romans 15:6
    That you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  30. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:2
    The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
    Colossians 1:9
    For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
  31. Cross References
    Acts 26:18
    'to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
    2 Corinthians 4:6
    For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
    Hebrews 6:4
    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit.
  32. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:12
    That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
  33. Cross References
    Colossians 2:12
    Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
  34. Cross References
    Acts 2:24
    Whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 110:1
    The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.
  36. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is g...
    Isaiah 9:7
    Of the increase of His government and peace The...
    Luke 1:32
    He will be great, and will be called the Son of...
    Luke 1:33
    "And He will reign over the house of Jacob fore...
    Philippians 2:9
    Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and g...
    Philippians 2:10
    That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow...
    Revelation 19:12
    His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His ...
  37. Cross References
    Romans 8:38
    For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come.
    Romans 8:39
    Nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  38. Cross References
    Psalms 8:6
    You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.
    Psalms 110:1
    The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.
    Matthew 28:18
    And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
    1 Corinthians 15:27
    For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him, " it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
  39. Cross References
    Hebrews 2:7
    You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.
  40. Cross References
    Romans 12:5
    So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
  41. Cross References
    Colossians 2:9
    For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
  42. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:6
    And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
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