1 PAUL, by the will of God an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the saints who are faithful in Jesus Christ:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who in Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly sphere! 4 He chose us in him ere the world was founded, to be consecrated and unblemished in his sight, 5 destining us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ. Such was the purpose of his will, 6 redounding to the praise of his glorious grace bestowed on us in the Beloved,
7 in whom we enjoy our redemption, the forgiveness of our trespasses, by the blood he shed. 8 So richly has God lavished his grace upon us! 9 He has granted us complete insight and understanding of the open secret of his will, showing us how it was the purpose of his design 10 so to order it in the fulness of the ages that all things in heaven and earth alike should be gathered up in Christ ??11 in the Christ in whom we have had our heritage allotted us (as was decreed in the design of him who carries out everything according to the counsel of his will), 12 to make us redound to the praise of his glory by being the first to put our hope in Christ.
13 You also have heard the message of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, and in him you also by your faith have been stamped with the seal of the long-promised holy Spirit 14 which is the pledge and instalment of our common heritage, that we may obtain our divine possession and so redound to the praise of his glory.
15 Hence, as I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never cease to give thanks for you, when I mention you in my prayers. 17 May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, grant you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation for the knowledge of himself, 18 illuminating the eyes of your heart so that you can understand the hope to which He calls us, the wealth of his glorious heritage in the saints, 19 and the surpassing greatness of his power over us believers ??a power which operates with the strength of the might
20 which he exerted in raising Christ from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavenly sphere, 21 above all the angelic Rulers, Authorities, Powers, and Lords, above every Name that is to be named not only in this age but in the age to come ??22 he has put everything under his feet and set him as head over everything for the church, 23 the church which is his Body, filled by him who fills the universe entirely.