READ : Ephesians Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
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The Blue Letter Bible. KJV, alternate versions, Greek text with concordance, commentaries. The World Wide Study Bible includes commentary, exposition and sermons. John Chrysostom. Why surely for this reason hath God set a limit and a boundary to our nature, that we may have no need to go on seeking wealth beyond it. For instance He hath commanded us, to clothe the body in one, or perhaps in two garments; and there is no need of any more to cover us. Where is the good of ten thousand changes of raiment, and those moth-eaten? But in the work of redemption all his perfections and excellencies shine forth in their greatest glory.
What may surprise us in this passage is that the author stops to thank God for the foresight and grace to plan this messy human diversity. Ephesians is a letter about living together in the midst of human differences. It is not easy living together as two groups who have previously been at odds with one another on religious grounds. The letter acknowledges that living with differences requires effort: it takes humility, gentleness, and patience cf.
Post a comment. Ephesians NRSV. Spiritual Blessings in Christ. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. I am indebted to William Barclay for this reflection. Barclay points out that the whole of this reading verses — in the original — is one single long sentence. We make sense of it by breaking it up into manageable pieces:. Jesus made this point strongly as recorded in John