Book of Ephesians
One of the four prison Epistles.
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|Apostle Paul, (v 1:1), while he was in bonds (v 6:20), under house arrest in Rome, (Acts 28:16-31).||
This epistle was sent to the church at Ephesus, but it is believed that this
epistle was to be circulated among all the churches in Asia Minor. The first
three chapters of the letter address theological doctrine of being in Christ,
the Spirit and the mystery of God. The last three chapters address proper
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.
To all the believers in Ephesus, who are faithful in Christ Jesus. 2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4Just as He chose us in Himself, even before He made the foundations of the world, that we might be holy and blameless before Him in love. 5Having foreordained us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to His will and His good pleasure. 6And by the glory of His grace, He has made us acceptable in His beloved Son. 7In Christ we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace. 8Which He made abound to us in all wisdom and understanding. 9Having made known to us His plan, the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, 10That in the fullness of time, He might unify all things together, whether they be things in heaven or things on the earth within Christ.
11For in Christ we have also received an inheritance and are predestined according to the work and purpose of His own will. 12That we who first trusted in Christ may be to the praise of His glory. 13In Him you also trusted for your salvation, after hearing the Word of truth and have thus been sealed with the Holy Spirit. 14The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance, until our redemption that Christ has purchased for us, thus praising His glory.
15After I had heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and the love you have for your fellow believers. 16I continually give thanks for you in all of my prayers. 17Praying that the Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give to you revelation and the spirit of wisdom in the knowledge of Him. 18May the eyes of your understanding be enlightened, that you may know the hope of His calling and the riches of His glorious inheritance for all believers. 19And to comprehend the greatness of His power for all who believe. 20This is the same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Christ at the right hand of the Father in heaven. 21Far above all principalities, powers, might and dominion and all names, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22The Father has put all things under Christ's feet and made Him to be head over the church, which is His body and the fullness of all.
1He has made you alive, for you were once dead in your trespasses and sins. 2For once you walked according to the ways of the world and the ways of Satan, who is the prince of the air, the same spirit that even now still works in the sons of disobedience. 3We also once all conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind and were by nature children of wrath.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love for us. 5Even while we were dead in our sins, He made us alive in Christ and it is because of His grace that we have been saved. 6For He has, raised us up and made us to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. 7That in the age to come He might show us the exceeding riches of His grace and kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. 8For we have been saved by grace through faith, not of ourselves, but it is the gift of God, 9not of works, least anyone should boast. 10For we were created in Christ Jesus and we are His workmanship, created for good works that God prepared for us.
11Remember, that you were once Gentiles of the flesh, unruly heathens. 12At that time you were without Christ, aliens from the fellowship of the believers and strangers of the covenant of Christ, having no hope, for you were without God. 13But now, you who once were far off are in Christ Jesus, have been brought near through His blood.
14For He, Himself is our peace, who has made us one with Christ, breaking down the middle wall of separation. 15Taking upon Himself and abolishing the hostility of the law, through His flesh, so as to create in Himself a new man from the two, thus making peace. 16That He might reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God, in one body through the cross, putting to death the animosity (between God and man) forever. 17For Christ came and preached peace to both those who were far off and those who were near. 18For now through Christ we have both gained access by one Spirit to the Father.
19Therefore, we are now no longer strangers but fellow citizens with all the saints and members of the household of God. 20Jesus Christ, Himself is the chief Cornerstone, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. 21For in Christ the whole building is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22In whom you are also being built together, as a dwelling place of God, in your Spirit.
1For this reason, I Paul am a prisoner of Jesus Christ unto the gentiles. 2Perhaps you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that He gave me, for your sakes. 3That through revelation, He has made known to me the mystery of Christ, that I have briefly written about. 4That as you read, you may come to an understanding of my knowledge of the mystery of Christ. 5In past times, this mystery was not made known to humans, but has now been revealed by the Spirit to His apostles and prophets. 6That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the body of Christ and partakers of the gospel through Christ. 7Of this gospel I was made a minister, according to the grace given to me by the working of His power.
8Yes, this grace was given to me, the least of all the saints, that I should preach among the gentiles, of the unsearchable riches of Christ. 9To let all see the fellowship of the mystery, that from the beginning of time was hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ. 10Intending that this manifold wisdom of God, the heavenly powers and principalities might be made known to the church. 11According to the eternal plan that the Father accomplished through Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In Christ and through Him, we have boldness and can confidently gain access to the Father. 13Therefore, do not lose heart when you see my chains and tribulations that I bear because they are your glory.
14When I think of this, I bow my knees to the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. 15Of who all the families of heaven and earth are named. 16May He grant you, according to the riches of His glory, that your inner man be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit. 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you may be rooted and grounded in love, 18Able to comprehend with all the saints, what is the length, width, height and depth of His love. 19So that you may know and experience the love of Christ that escapes human knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. 21To Him may glory be given in the church, through Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.
1Therefore as a prisoner of the Lord, I appeal to you to walk worthy of your calling, 2with all meekness, gentleness and longsuffering, bearing with one another in love. 3Striving to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling. 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all, through all and in you all. 7To each one of us, grace was given according to the measures of Christ's gift. 8Just as it is said; when Christ ascended on high, He led captivity, captive, giving gifts to men, Psalm 68:18.
9Now when I say, He ascended, He first descended into the lower parts of the earth. 10He who descended is also the one who ascended far above the heavens, that He might fulfill all things.
11He then gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints, the work of the ministry and the edifying of the body of Christ. 13Until we all come into the unity of the faith and the knowledge of God, to become that perfect man and the fullness of Christ. 14That we should no longer be children, chasing after every form of doctrine that comes our way, by the craftiness and deceitfulness of man. 15But speaking the truth in love that we may grow in all things and into Christ, which is the head. 16By Him, the whole body is knit together, according to the effective working when every part does its own share, causing the growth of the body, edifying itself in love.
17Therefore, do not walk as the other Gentiles walk in the foolishness of their own mind. 18Having their understanding darkened, because of the ignorance that is in them, they have been alienated from the life of God, due to the hardening of their heart. 19Who through spiritual apathy have become callous, having given themselves over to lust, that works all uncleanness together with greediness. 20For they have not so learned Christ, 21But if indeed you have learned Christ Jesus, as the truth. 22You need to discard the corrupt, deceitful, lustful old man (according to your past way of living). 23And renew your mind. 24Putting on the new man, who according to God was created in righteousness and true holiness.
25Therefore, put away lying, speak the truth to your neighbor, for we are all of one body. 26Righteous anger is good, yet in your anger do not sin. Always remain angry at the works of the devil, never quenching this wrath nor 27give place to the devil. 28He who has stolen, let him steal no more, rather let him labor honestly, working with his hands that may be able to give to those in need. 29Do not speak corruptly but rather edify each other that it may impart grace to the hearer. 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, for by Him you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Put away all bitterness, wrath, anger, malice and evil speaking. 32Being kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as God in Christ has forgiven you.
1Therefore, dear children, be imitators of God. 2Walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us as a sweet smelling offering to God. 3Let there be no fornication, uncleanness or covetousness, may it not even be named among you, for it is not fitting for the saints. 4Neither let filthiness, foolish talking or coarse jesting be among you, for this is not fitting but rather the giving of thanks. 5For you know that no fornicator, unclean person or covetous man, who is an idolater has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one deceive you with doctrines of vain promises and empty words, because of these things, the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore don't associate with such people.
8You were once in darkness but, now are in the light and thus you should walk as children of light. 9For the fruit of the Spirit is in goodness, righteousness and truth, 10which is acceptable to the Lord. 11Having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness, but rather exposing them. 12For it is even shameful to speak of those things that are done by them in private. 13For all things that are exposed by the light are revealed by the light. 14Therefore it has been written; Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead and Christ will give you light, Isaiah 60:1.
15See then that you then walk worthy, not as fools but as wise men and women. 16Redeeming the time for the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be unwise, but rather understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not be drunk with wine, in excess, but be filled with the Spirit. 19Speaking scripture to one another together with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. 20Always giving thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 21Submitting to one another in the fear of God.
22Wives submit to your own husband, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church and the Savior of the body. 24Therefore, as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wife be to her own husband in everything.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. 26That He might cleanse and sanctify her with the washing of water, through the Word. 27Able to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle, a church holy and without blemish. 28So husbands, love your own wife as your own body, he who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one hates his own flesh, but rather nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30For we are all members of His body, of His flesh and bone. 31For this reason shall a man leave his mother and shall be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh. 32Even this is a great mystery, but I speak of the relation of Christ concerning the church. 33Nevertheless, without exception, husbands love your own wife and wives respect your own husband.
1Children, obey your parents (in the Lord), for this is proper. 2Honor your father and mother, this being the first commandment, having a promise attached to it. 3That it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth. 4Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training of the Lord.
5Servants, obey your masters, according to the flesh with all sincerity as to Christ. 6Doing right not only when they are looking on, but always as bondservants doing the will of God from the heart, 7as to the Lord and not to man. 8For we know that whatever good is done, he will receive the same reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free. 9Masters, you also do the same, do not threaten, remember that you also have a Master in heaven and there is no partiality with Him.
10My brothers, be strong in the Lord and in His power and might. 11Putting on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand and having done all stand firm.
14Gird your waist, (your core foundation), with the truth of God's Word, having put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15Having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (preparing yourself to walk in peace), 16taking up the shield of faith, that you can quench the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 18Praying always in the Spirit, being watchful with great perseverance to the very end, for all the saints. 19Pray also for me that utterance may be given to me, that I may boldly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains.
21So that you may know how I am; Tychicus a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you. 22I have sent him to you, so he can tell you of my welfare and that he may comfort you.
23Peace to the brethren and love and faith be with you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24Grace be with all those who sincerely love the Lord Jesus Christ.