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Ephesians 1

The Blessings of Redemption

1Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), by the will of God [that is, by His purpose and choice],

To the [a]saints (God’s people) [b]who are at Ephesus and are faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

[c]Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ]. In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight] He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, 10 with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth. 11 In Him also we have [d]received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. 14 The Spirit is the [e]guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers; 17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. 18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [f]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the [g]saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength 20 which He [h]produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come. 22 And He [i]put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and [j]appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers].

Notas al pie

  1. Ephesians 1:1 “Saints” refers to born-again believers. All believers are holy, that is, set apart or sanctified for God’s purpose.
  2. Ephesians 1:1 Three early mss do not contain “at Ephesus.” Some scholars suggest that this was intended as a circular letter for various churches of Asia Minor (modern Turkey), sent first to Ephesus and then to the other churches. See Paul’s instruction to the Colossians in 4:16. Others believe the letter was directed only to the Ephesians because of its many personal references. The books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon are believed to have been written by Paul while he was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome (a.d. 60-62) (cf 6:20).
  3. Ephesians 1:3 In Greek this passage (vv 3-14), also referred to as a doxology, is one sentence.
  4. Ephesians 1:11 Or our destiny.
  5. Ephesians 1:14 Or down payment.
  6. Ephesians 1:18 In the NT the word “hope” expresses a cherished desire along with the confident assurance of obtaining that which is longed for.
  7. Ephesians 1:18 See note v 1.
  8. Ephesians 1:20 The first of three manifestations of God’s power exhibited in Christ.
  9. Ephesians 1:22 The second manifestation of God’s power exhibited in Christ.
  10. Ephesians 1:22 This is the third manifestation of God’s power exhibited in Christ.

Japanese Living Bible

エペソ人への手紙 1

1エペソの町に住む、主に忠実な、愛する信徒たちへ。神に選ばれてキリスト・イエスの使徒となったパウロが、この手紙を送ります。 どうか、父なる神と主イエス・キリストから与えられる恵みと平安が、あなたがたのものとなりますように。

はるか昔からの神の計画

主イエス・キリストの父なる神がほめたたえられますように。神は、天上のあらゆる祝福をもって、私たちを祝福してくださいました。それは、私たちがキリストのものとなっているからです。 神はこの世界をお造りになる前から、私たちを、ご自分のものとして選んでくださいました。そして、神は私たちを、ご自分の目から見て、何一つ欠点のない、きよい者にしようとお定めになりました。 神の御心は、イエス・キリストを遣わし、その死によって、私たちを神の家族の一員として迎えることでした。 神こそ、いっさいの賞賛を受けるべきお方です。神は、驚くばかりの恵みと愛とを豊かに注いでくださいました。それは、私たちが、神の最愛のひとり子につながる者となったからです。

神の愛は、そのひとり子の血を流し、私たちの罪を帳消しにしてくださるほど大きいのです。この愛によって私たちは救われました。 神は私たちに豊かな恵みをあふれるほど注ぎ、私たちをよく理解し、何が最善であるかを考えた上、 キリストを遣わすというご計画を知らせてくださいました。その計画は、はるか昔から神の愛のうちに決定されていたことでした。 10 それは、時が来れば、天でも地でもあらゆるものが、キリストのもとに一つにまとめられるということです。 11 そればかりでなく、神のご計画のままに、神のものとなるように最初から選ばれていた私たちは、神が喜んでくださる存在となっています。 12 なぜ神は、このようになさったのでしょう。それは、最初からキリストを信じ、望みをおいていた私たちが、こんなにもすばらしい恵みを見て、神をほめたたえるためなのです。

13 このキリストによって、あなたがたも救いを約束する福音を聞き、キリストを信じるようになりました。そして、キリストに属する者であるという証印を、聖霊によって押していただきました。 14 私たちのうちに住まわれる聖霊は、神が約束のものをほんとうに与えてくださるという保証です。私たちに押された聖霊の証印は、神がすでに私たちを買い取り、ご自分のもとに引き取ってくださっていることを保証するのです。これが、栄光の神をほめたたえる、もう一つの理由です。

15 こういうわけで、私は、主イエスに対するあなたがたの信仰と、ほかの人たちに対する愛とを耳にして以来、 16 絶えず神に感謝してきました。そしていつも、あなたがたのために、こう祈り求めています。 17 どうか、主イエス・キリストの神、すなわち栄光の父が、あなたがたに知恵を与えて、キリストがどのようなお方か、何をしてくださったかを、正しく、はっきりと理解させてくださいますように。 18 また、心にあふれるほどの光が与えられて、神があなたがたを召して与えようとされる将来を、はっきり見きわめることができますように。 19 また、信じる者を助ける神の力が、どれほど偉大であるかを知ることができますように。

20-21 この同じ偉大な力が、キリストを死者の中から復活させ、ほかのどんな王、支配者、権力者、指導者よりもはるかに高い、天の神の右の座につかせたのです。このキリストの栄誉は、この世だけでなく、次に来る世でも、他のすべてにはるかにまさって輝かしいものです。 22 そして神は、すべてをキリストの足の下に従わせ、キリストを教会の最高のかしらとされました。 23 ですから教会は、キリストの体であって、すべてを造り、すべてを満たすキリストの霊が満ちあふれるところです。