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The People of the Kingdom

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In Ephesians, Paul shows how the good news should create ethnically diverse communities that are unified by devotion to Jesus and to each other.

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EPHESIANS: (RS)

 

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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the

EPHESIANS

EPHESIANS is addressed to a group of believers who are rich beyond measure
in Jesus Christ, yet living as beggars, and only because they are ignorant of their
wealth. Paul begins by describing in chapters 1—3 the contents of the Christian’s
heavenly “bank account”: adoption, acceptance, redemption, forgiveness, wisdom,
inheritance, the seal of the Holy Spirit, life grace, citizenship—in short, every spiritual
blessing. In chapters 4—6 the Christian learns a spiritual walk rooted in his
spiritual wealth. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus [1—3] for
good works, . . . that we should walk in them [4—6]” (2:10).
The traditional title of this epistle is Pros Ephesious, “To the Ephesians.” Many
ancient manuscripts, however, omit en Epheso, “in Ephesus,” in 1:1. This has led a
number of scholars to challenge the traditional view that this message was directed
specifically to the Ephesians. The encyclical theory proposes that it was a
circular letter sent by Paul to the churches of Asia. It is argued that Ephesians is
really a Christian treatise designed for general use: it involves no controversy and
deals with no specific problems in any particular church. Some scholars accept an
ancient tradition that Ephesians is Paul’s letter to the Laodiceans (Col. 4:16), but
there is no way to be sure. If Ephesians began as a circular letter, it eventually became
associated with Ephesus, the foremost of the Asian churches. Another
plausible option is that this epistle was directly addressed to the Ephesians, but
written in such a way as to make it helpful for all the churches in Asia.
 
 

Greeting

1

1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

CHAPTER 1 References

3 a2 Cor. 1:3

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Redemption in Christ

3 aBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has

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EPHESIANS 1:4

blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as aHe chose us in Him bbefore the foundation of the world, that we should cbe holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 ahaving predestined us to badoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, caccording to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, aby which He 1made us accepted in bthe Beloved.
7 aIn Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to bthe riches of His grace
8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and 1prudence,
9 ahaving made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure bwhich He purposed in Himself,
10 that in the dispensation of athe fullness of the times bHe might gather together in one call things in Christ, 1both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
11 aIn Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to bthe purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
12 athat we bwho first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard athe word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, byou were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 awho1 is the 2guarantee of our inheritance buntil the redemption of cthe purchased possession, dto the praise of His glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

15 Therefore I also, aafter I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 ado not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
17 that athe God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, bmay give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
18 athe eyes of your 1understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is bthe hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, aaccording to the working of His mighty power
20 which He worked in Christ when aHe raised Him from the dead and bseated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 afar above all bprincipality1 and 2power and 3might and dominion, and every name that is named, not

4 aRom. 8:28
b1 Pet. 1:2
cLuke 1:75
5 a[Rom. 8:29] bJohn 1:12
c[1 Cor. 1:21] 6 a[Rom. 3:24] bMatt. 3:17
1Lit.
bestowed
grace (favor)
upon us
7 a[Heb. 9:12] b[Rom. 3:24,
25] 8 1understanding
9 a[Rom.
16:25] b[2 Tim. 1:9] 10 aGal. 4:4
b1 Cor. 3:22
c[Col. 1:16, 20] 1NU, M omit
both
11 aRom. 8:17
bIs. 46:10
12 a2 Thess.
2:13 bJames
1:18
13 aJohn 1:17
b[2 Cor. 1:22] 14 a2 Cor. 5:5
bRom. 8:23
c[Acts 20:28] d1 Pet. 2:9
1NU which
2down payment,
earnest
15 aCol. 1:4
16 aRom. 1:9
17 aJohn 20:17
bCol. 1:9
18 aActs 26:18
bEph. 2:12
1NU, M
hearts
19 aCol. 2:12
20 aActs 2:24
bPs. 110:1
21 aPhil. 2:9,
10 b[Rom.
8:38, 39] 1rule
2authority
3power
22 aPs. 8:6;
110:1;
Matt. 28:18;
1 Cor. 15:27
bHeb. 2:7
23 aRom. 12:5
bCol. 2:9
c[1 Cor. 12:6]

CHAPTER 2 References

1 aCol. 2:13
bEph. 4:18
2 aCol. 1:21
bEph. 6:12
cCol. 3:6 1Gr.
aion, aeon
3 a1 Pet. 4:3
bGal. 5:16
c[Ps. 51:5] 4 aRom. 10:12
bJohn 3:16
5 aRom. 5:6, 8
b[Rom. 6:4, 5] 6 aEph. 1:20
7 aTitus 3:4
8 a[2 Tim. 1:9] bRom. 4:16
c[John 1:12,
13] 9 aRom. 4:4, 5;
11:6 bRom.
3:27
10 aIs. 19:25
11 a[Col. 2:11] 15 aGal. 6:15

only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And aHe put all things under His feet, and gave Him bto be head over all things to the church,
23 awhich is His body, bthe fullness of Him cwho fills all in all.

By Grace Through Faith

2

1 And ayou He made alive, bwho were dead in trespasses and sins,
2 ain which you once walked according to the 1course of this world, according to bthe prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in cthe sons of disobedience,
3 aamong whom also we all once conducted ourselves in bthe lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and cwere by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, awho is rich in mercy, because of His bgreat love with which He loved us,
5 aeven when we were dead in trespasses, bmade us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together ain the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in aHis kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 aFor by grace you have been saved bthrough faith, and that not of yourselves; cit is the gift of God,
9 not of aworks, lest anyone should bboast.
10 For we are aHis workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Brought Near by His Blood

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called athe Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—
12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Christ Our Peace

14 For He Himself is our peace,who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one anew man from the two, thus making peace,

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16 and that He might areconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bputting to death the enmity.
17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
18 For athrough Him we both have access bby one Spirit to the Father.

Christ Our Cornerstone

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
20 having been abuilt bon the foundation of the capostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being dthe chief cornerstone,
21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into aa holy temple in the Lord,
22 ain whom you also are being built together for a bdwelling place of God in the Spirit.

16 a[Col.
1:20–22] b[Rom. 6:6] 18 aJohn 10:9
b1 Cor. 12:13
20 a1 Pet. 2:4
bMatt. 16:18
c1 Cor. 12:28
dPs. 118:22
21 a1 Cor. 3:16,
17
22 a1 Pet. 2:5
bJohn 17:23

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PSALM 8

The Glory of the LORD in Creation

To the Chief Musician. 1On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David.

1 O LORD, our Lord, How aexcellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have bset Your glory above the heavens!

2 aOut of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have 1ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence bthe enemy and the avenger.

3 When I aconsider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

PSALM 8 References

title 1Heb. Al
Gittith
1 aPs. 148:13
bPs. 113:4
2 aMatt. 21:16;
[1 Cor. 1:27] bPs. 44:16 1established
3 aPs. 111:2
4 aJob 7:17,
18; [Heb.
2:6–8] b[Job
10:12] 1give
attention to
or care for
5 1Heb. Elohim,
God;
LXX, Syr.,
Tg., Jewish
tradition angels
6 a[Gen. 1:26,
28] b[1 Cor.
15:27; Eph.
1:22; Heb. 2:8] 9 aPs. 8:1

4 aWhat is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You bvisit1 him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than 1the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

6 aYou have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; bYou have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.

9 aO LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

 
 

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