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Ephesians 1 - NIV

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] the faithful in Christ Jesus:

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

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,

16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.


Footnotes

a. Ephesians 1:1 Some early manuscripts do not have in Ephesus.
b. Ephesians 1:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
c. Ephesians 1:5 Or sight in love. He
d. Ephesians 1:9 Or us with all wisdom and understanding. And he
e. Ephesians 1:11 Or were made heirs
f. Ephesians 1:17 Or a spirit


Sermons on Ephesians 1 More sermons: Ephesians 1

Freddy Fritz avatar
Introduction to Ephesians
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Jan, 2017
Summary: God's call as set forth in Ephesians 1:1-2 shows the beginning of God's supreme purpose for believers.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-2
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 40
Michael Carino avatar
Traits of the Truly Rich
Shared by: Michael Carino on Jan, 2017
Summary: Big Idea: Knowing Your Wealth in Christ Enables You to Walk for Christ.
William R. Nabaza avatar
Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the deep knowledge of JESUS
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Dec, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD is the LORD JESUS CHRIST Himself in us as Wisdom and Revelation having within us His deep and intimate relationship.
Chris Appleby avatar
God’s Eternal Plan
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Dec, 2016
Summary: God’s great plan is eternal because he set it out before the creation of the world, because it’s effective right now and because it reaches into the future to the end of time. This eternal, cosmic plan is being worked out day by day and we’re part of it.
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-14
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 0
Jeff Ecklund avatar
Better Together
Shared by: Jeff Ecklund on Dec, 2016
Summary: This message is about being thankful and being built and better together than alone.
Denomination: *other
Views: 0
Michael Stark avatar
Serving Together
Shared by: Michael Stark on Nov, 2016
Summary: If Jesus is Lord over all things in the church, how much freedom do I have to quit because I am offended?
Scripture: Ephesians 1:16-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 62
Richard L. Brown avatar
Meant For Each Other
Shared by: Richard L. Brown on Nov, 2016
Summary: This is a wedding sermon that expresses the providence of God within the covenant of marriage.
Efren Narido avatar
Blessing To Be Chosen
Shared by: Efren Narido on Oct, 2016
Summary: Do you know any reason why it is a blessing to be chosen by God?
Scripture: Ephesians 1:4-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 780
Ken Henson avatar
An Introduction to a Personal Letter
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: Paul introduces the important themes of his letter to the church at Ephesus
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-2
Denomination: *other
Views: 41
Ken Henson avatar
One very long sentence
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: Paul introduces our election in Christ as a done deal
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-6
Denomination: *other
Views: 61
Ken Henson avatar
In Christ
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: What does it mean to be IN CHRIST?
Scripture: Ephesians 1:7-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 98
Perry Anderson avatar
Takes These Chains From My Heart
Shared by: Perry Anderson on Jul, 2016
Summary: Unforgiveness keeps us in chains and blocks us from peace and joy...It paralyzes and holds us captive. When we choose to forgive, we are set free from bitterness and hate. We are set free!
Chris Jordan avatar
The Love of Jesus Makes us Whole and Holy
Shared by: Chris Jordan on May, 2016
Summary: Jesus pours out His love upon us to make us whole and holy, and abundantly free!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-10
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 280
Chuck Sligh avatar
Faithful
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on May, 2016
Summary: Fifth in a series on Names for the people of God. Paul calls the Ephesians "faithful"---something we should all strive for.
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,042
Roger Roark avatar
I am
Shared by: Roger Roark on Mar, 2016
Summary: I am an adopted son of God, through Jesus Christ
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-10
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 153
Chuck Brooks avatar
History is “His Story”
Shared by: Chuck Brooks on Mar, 2016
Summary: Some people have said that the subject of History is actually “His Story”…the story of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. From the dawning of time, when our Creator, scooped into the dust of the earth and made man, it’s been all about Jesus.
Harold Jenkerson avatar
Our Uniqueness as a Believer
Shared by: Harold Jenkerson on Feb, 2016
Summary: The opening salutation or address in the Letter to the Ephesians reveals the uniqueness of the divine/believer relationship.
Series: Ephesians
Harold Jenkerson avatar
The Divine Foundation for Human Existence
Shared by: Harold Jenkerson on Feb, 2016
Summary: The trinitarian nature of the triune God is the pattern for the creation of the individual. This triunitarian nature is the foundation for developing a systematic theology and psychology of the individual, especially the believer.
Series: Ephesians
Harold Jenkerson avatar
God is Foundational
Shared by: Harold Jenkerson on Feb, 2016
Summary: The triune God is foundational for developing an understanding of man. On the individual level there is a corresponding image and likeness to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
The Holy Spirit / The Miracle Within
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Jan, 2016
Summary: The Holy Spirit, the Miracle within guides us to be a miracle without. This is based off of my 2010 Message "Holy Spirit - The Miracle Within" with different Illustrations.
Daniel Habben avatar
A God's-Eye View of Christ's Power and A Christian's Position
Shared by: Daniel Habben on Jan, 2016
Summary: Paul prays that we get to know God better so we see better the blessings he has in store for us now and in eternity.
Series: Ephesians
Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 411
Daniel Habben avatar
A God-s-eye View of Election
Shared by: Daniel Habben on Jan, 2016
Summary: Paul teaches us how the doctrine of election gives us confidence for the present and the future.
Series: Ephesians
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-14
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 211
Marvin Cherry avatar
You Are Accepted
Shared by: Marvin Cherry on Nov, 2015
Summary: If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then you are automatically accepted in the family of God. The Lord never rejects what belongs to Him.
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-7
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,213
Matthew Botha avatar
Unstoppable prayer
Shared by: Matthew Botha on Nov, 2015
Summary: What does Paul pray for in Ephesians 1?
Series: Prayer
Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 774
Bruce Lee avatar
Something In Between
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Nov, 2015
Summary: A salute to Veterans. The kind of loyalty and unity and love and oneness that is hard to find. The meaning of Church membership.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Ephesians 1:22-23
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 6,720
Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka avatar
WALKING IN DOMINION
Shared by: Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka on Oct, 2015
Summary: Christ has all the power in heaven and on earth, portions of this power has been given to everyone that believes in His name and that is living a new life by the works of His redemption. Such people are expected to walk in dominion in every area.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Ephesians 1:19-23
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 10,614
Howard Strickland avatar
Free From False Beliefs- The Big Lie
Shared by: Howard Strickland on Aug, 2015
Summary: The Big lie: Performance and other people’s opinion of me determine my self worth. I have to perform to a certain level in order to feel good about myself.
Bob Faulkner avatar
What does our Church Government look like?
Shared by: Bob Faulkner on Aug, 2015
Summary: Are we patterned on Rome, on America, or on the Bible in our church? Who is in charge?
Scott Coltrain avatar
Biblical Predestination
Shared by: Scott Coltrain on Jul, 2015
Summary: A simple study that shows that people are free moral agents who choose their eternal destiny rather than the Calvinist Predestination that God has predetermined by decree from eternity past who specifically will be saved and who will be condemned
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-11
Views: 407
Clair Sauer avatar
The Ripple Effect
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Jul, 2015
Summary: Living effectively as Christ's disciples in the world means remembering who we are, whose we are, and why we are!