Ephesians 1 ©
After saluting the Ephesians, Paul blesseth God for his spiritual blessings on those whom he had chosen in Christ, and predestinated to the adoption of children; for our redemption by his grace, according to his revealed purpose of gathering together all in one under Christ; for the inheritance already obtained by those who first trusted in Christ; and for the Spirit given to after-believers, as an earnest of the same. He declareth his continual thankfulness to God for their faith, and his prayers that God would perfect them in the knowledge of those things, which concerned their state in Christ, whom God had raised up, and exalted to be the supreme head of his body the church.
iHaving predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, jaccording to the good pleasure of his will,
kTo the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath lmade us accepted in mthe beloved.
That uin the *dispensation of the fulness of times he might vgather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in 2heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
wIn whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated xaccording to the purpose of him who yworketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
bIn whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, cthe gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, dye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
hCease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
kThe eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is lthe hope of his calling, and what mthe riches of the glory of his ninheritance in the saints,