1From: Sha’ul, by God’s will an emissary of the Messiah Yeshua
To: God’s people living in Ephesus, that is, those who are trusting in the Messiah Yeshua:
2Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
3Praised be Adonai, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who in the Messiah has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven. 4In the Messiah he chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in his presence. 5He determined in advance that through Yeshua the Messiah we would be his sons — in keeping with his pleasure and purpose — 6so that we would bring him praise commensurate with the glory of the grace he gave us through the Beloved One.
7In union with him, through the shedding of his blood, we are set free — our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the grace 8he has lavished on us. In all his wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us his secret plan, which by his own will he designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah 10and will put into effect when the time is ripe — his plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship.
11Also in union with him we were given an inheritance, we who were picked in advance according to the purpose of the One who effects everything in keeping with the decision of his will, 12so that we who earlier had put our hope in the Messiah would bring him praise commensurate with his glory.
13Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth, the Good News offering you deliverance, and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed by him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh, 14who guarantees our inheritance until we come into possession of it and thus bring him praise commensurate with his glory.
15For this reason, ever since I heard about your trust in the Lord Yeshua and your love for all God’s people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you. In my prayers I keep asking 17the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of him. 18I pray that he will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which he has called you, what rich glories there are in the inheritance he has promised his people, 19and how surpassingly great is his power working in us who trust him. It works with the same mighty strength he used 20when he worked in the Messiah to raise him from the dead and seat him at his right hand in heaven, 21far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion or any other name that can be named either in the ‘olam hazeh or in the ‘olam haba. 22Also, he has put all things under his feet and made him head over everything for the Messianic Community, 23which is his body, the full expression of him who fills all creation.