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The great blessings we have received through Christ. He is the head of all the church.

[1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus. [2] Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. [3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ: [4] As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity. [5] Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:

[3] "In heavenly places": or, in heavenly things. In coelestibus.

[6] Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son. [7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace, [8] Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence, [9] That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him, [10] In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.

[11] In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will. [12] That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped in Christ: [13] In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth, (the gospel of your salvation;) in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise, [14] Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory. [15] Wherefore I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus, and of your love towards all the saints,

[14] "Acquisition": that is, a purchased possession.

[16] Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers, [17] That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him: [18] The eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what the hope is of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. [19] And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us, who believe according to the operation of the might of his power, [20] Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead, and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places.

[21] Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. [22] And he hath subjected all things under his feet, and hath made him head over all the church, [23] Which is his body, and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

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