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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.

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Efésios 1

1Paulo, apóstolo de Cristo Jesus pela vontade de Deus,

aos santos e fiéis[a] em Cristo Jesus que estão em Éfeso[b]:

A vocês, graça e paz da parte de Deus nosso Pai e do Senhor Jesus Cristo.

As Bênçãos Espirituais em Cristo

Bendito seja o Deus e Pai de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, que nos abençoou com todas as bênçãos espirituais nas regiões celestiais em Cristo. Porque Deus nos escolheu nele antes da criação do mundo, para sermos santos e irrepreensíveis em sua presença. Em amor nos predestinou[c] para sermos adotados como filhos, por meio de Jesus Cristo, conforme o bom propósito da sua vontade, para o louvor da sua gloriosa graça, a qual nos deu gratuitamente no Amado.

Nele temos a redenção por meio de seu sangue, o perdão dos pecados, de acordo com as riquezas da graça de Deus, a qual ele derramou sobre nós com toda a sabedoria e entendimento. E nos[d] revelou o mistério da sua vontade, de acordo com o seu bom propósito que ele estabeleceu em Cristo, 10 isto é, de fazer convergir em Cristo todas as coisas, celestiais ou terrenas, na dispensação da plenitude dos tempos. 11 Nele fomos também escolhidos[e], tendo sido predestinados conforme o plano daquele que faz todas as coisas segundo o propósito da sua vontade, 12 a fim de que nós, os que primeiro esperamos em Cristo, sejamos para o louvor da sua glória.

13 Quando vocês ouviram e creram na palavra da verdade, o evangelho que os salvou, vocês foram selados em Cristo com o Espírito Santo da promessa, 14 que é a garantia da nossa herança até a redenção daqueles que pertencem a Deus, para o louvor da sua glória.

Ação de Graças e Oração

15 Por essa razão, desde que ouvi falar da fé que vocês têm no Senhor Jesus e do amor que demonstram para com todos os santos, 16 não deixo de dar graças por vocês, mencionando-os em minhas orações. 17 Peço que o Deus de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, o glorioso Pai, lhes dê espírito[f] de sabedoria e de revelação, no pleno conhecimento dele. 18 Oro também para que os olhos do coração de vocês sejam iluminados, a fim de que vocês conheçam a esperança para a qual ele os chamou, as riquezas da gloriosa herança dele nos santos 19 e a incomparável grandeza do seu poder para conosco, os que cremos, conforme a atuação da sua poderosa força. 20 Esse poder ele exerceu em Cristo, ressuscitando-o dos mortos e fazendo-o assentar-se à sua direita, nas regiões celestiais, 21 muito acima de todo governo e autoridade, poder e domínio, e de todo nome que se possa mencionar, não apenas nesta era, mas também na que há de vir. 22 Deus colocou todas as coisas debaixo de seus pés e o designou cabeça de todas as coisas para a igreja, 23 que é o seu corpo, a plenitude daquele que enche todas as coisas, em toda e qualquer circunstância.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.1 Ou crentes
  2. 1.1 Alguns manuscritos mais antigos não trazem que estão em Éfeso.
  3. 1.4,5 Ou presença no amor. 5Ele nos predestinou
  4. 1.8,9 Ou nós. Com toda a sabedoria e entendimento nos
  5. 1.11 Alguns manuscritos dizem feitos herdeiros.
  6. 1.17 Ou o Espírito