1Paul, #See 2 Cor. 1:1 an apostle of Christ Jesus #See 1 Cor. 1:1 by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and #Col. 1:2are faithful#1:1 Some manuscripts saints who are also faithful (omitting in Ephesus) in Christ Jesus:
2 # See Rom. 1:7 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
2 Cor. 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:3 Blessed be #See Rom. 15:6 the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing #ver. 20; ch. 2:6; 3:10; 6:12in the heavenly places, 4#[ch. 2:10; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2] even as he #James 2:5; [Deut. 7:6; 26:18] chose us in him #[2 Tim. 1:9]; See Matt. 13:35 before the foundation of the world, that we should be #ch. 5:27; Col. 1:22; 1 Thess. 4:7holy and blameless before him. In love 5#ver. 11; Rom. 8:29, 30 he predestined us#1:5 Or before him in love, 5 having predestined us for #See Rom. 8:15 adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, #ver. 9; [Luke 2:14; Heb. 2:4]; See Luke 12:32according to the purpose of his will, 6#ver. 12, 14 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in #[John 3:35; 10:17; Col. 1:13]; See Matt. 3:17the Beloved. 7#Col. 1:14 In him we have #Rom. 3:24; 1 Cor. 1:30; [ch. 4:30] redemption #See Acts 20:28 through his blood, #See Acts 2:38 the forgiveness of our trespasses, #[ch. 3:8, 16; Col. 1:27]; See Rom. 2:4according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9#See Rom. 16:25 making known#1:9 Or he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight, making known . . . to us the mystery of his will, #[See ver. 5 above] according to his purpose, which he #[ver. 11; Rom. 8:28; 9:11]set forth in Christ 10as a plan for #See Mark 1:15 the fullness of time, #Col. 1:16, 20; [ch. 3:15; Phil. 2:9, 10]to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11In him we have obtained #Deut. 4:20; 32:9; See ver. 14 an inheritance, #ver. 5 having been predestined #ch. 3:11; [Rev. 4:11]; See Rom. 8:28 according to the purpose of him who works all things according to #[Acts 20:27]the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be #ver. 6, 14; [Phil. 1:11]to the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you heard #2 Cor. 6:7; Col. 1:5; 2 Tim. 2:15; [Acts 13:26; 15:7] the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, #ch. 4:30 were sealed with the #See Acts 1:4promised Holy Spirit, 14who is #2 Cor. 1:22 the guarantee#1:14 Or down payment of our #Acts 20:32; [ver. 18] inheritance until #Titus 2:14; See ver. 7 we acquire #See 1 Pet. 2:9 possession of it,#1:14 Or until God redeems his possession #ver. 6, 12to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15For this reason, #Col. 1:4; Philem. 5; See Rom. 1:8because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love#1:15 Some manuscripts omit your love toward all the saints, 16I #Col. 1:9 do not cease to give thanks for you, #Rom. 1:9; 2 Tim. 1:3remembering you in my prayers, 17that #See Rom. 15:6 the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, #[Col. 1:9]may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18#[Heb. 6:4; 10:32; Rev. 3:17, 18]; See Acts 26:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is #ch. 4:4; [ch. 2:12] the hope to which he has called you, what are #ch. 3:8, 16; Col. 1:27; See ver. 7the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, #ch. 3:7; Phil. 3:21; Col. 1:29; 2:12 according to the working of #ch. 6:10; [Dan. 4:30]his great might 20that he worked in Christ #See Acts 2:24 when he raised him from the dead and #See Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33; 1 Pet. 3:22 seated him at his right hand #See ver. 3in the heavenly places, 21#ch. 4:10; Col. 2:10; See John 3:31 far above #1 Cor. 15:24 all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above #ch. 3:15; Phil. 2:9; [Heb. 1:4] every name that is named, not only in #[Matt. 12:32]this age but also in the one to come. 22And #Cited from Ps. 8:6; See 1 Cor. 15:27 he put all things under his feet and gave him as #ch. 4:15; 5:23; Col. 1:18; 2:19; [1 Cor. 11:3; Col. 2:10]head over all things to the church, 23#ch. 4:12, 16; 5:30; Col. 1:18, 24; [ch. 5:23; 1 Cor. 12:27] which is his body, #ch. 3:19; See John 1:16 the fullness of him #ch. 4:10 who fills #[Jer. 23:24; Col. 3:11]all in all.