1 Paul, by God's will an apostle of Christ Jesus, to God's people who are faithful in Christ Jesus;
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. 4 Through Him He picked us out before the creation of the world, to be consecrated and above reproach in His sight in love. 5 He foreordained us to become His sons by adoption through Christ Jesus, to carry out the happy choice of His will, 6 so that we might praise the splendid favor which He has shown us in His beloved Son.
7 It is through union with Him that we have redemption by His blood and the forgiveness of our shortcomings, in accordance with the generosity of His unmerited favor 8 which He lavished upon us. Through perfect wisdom and spiritual insight 9 He has made known to us the secret of His will, which is in accordance with His purpose which He planned in Christ, 10 so that, at the coming of the climax of the ages, everything in heaven and on earth should be unified through Christ,
11 in union with whom we were made God's portion, since we had been foreordained in accordance with the purpose of Him who in everything carries out the plan of His will, 12 that we who had first put our hope in Christ might praise His glory.
13 You too, as you have heard the message of the truth, the good news that means your salvation, and as you have trusted in Him too, have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the first installment of our inheritance, so that we may finally come into full possession of the prize of redemption, and praise His glory for it.
15 This is why I myself, since I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and in all His people, 16 never cease to thank God for you when I mention you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may grant you the Spirit to give wisdom and revelation which come through a growing knowledge of Him, 18 by having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, so that you may know what the hope is to which He calls you, how glorious rich God's portion in His people is, 19 and how surpassingly great is His power for us who believe, measured by His tremendously mighty power
20 when He raised Christ from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in heaven, 21 far above every other government, authority, power, and dominion, yea, far above every other title that can be conferred, not only in this world but in the world to come. 22 And so He has put all things under His feet and made Him the supreme Head of the church, 23 which is His body, that is being filled by Him who fills everything everywhere.