3 赞美我们主耶稣基督的父上帝！祂在基督里赐给了我们天上各样属灵的恩福。 4 早在创造世界以前，祂已经在基督里拣选了我们，使我们在祂眼中成为圣洁无瑕的人。
5 上帝因为爱我们，就按照祂自己美好的旨意，预定我们借着耶稣基督得到做祂儿女的名分。 6 我们赞美祂奇妙无比的恩典，这恩典是上帝借着祂的爱子赐给我们的。 7 我们借着祂爱子的血蒙救赎，过犯得到赦免，这都是出于祂的洪恩。 8 上帝用各种智慧和聪明把这恩典丰丰富富地赐给我们， 9 照着祂在基督里所定的美好计划叫我们知道祂旨意的奥秘， 10 等所定的时候一到，叫天地万物一同归在基督的名下。
11 我们也在基督里被拣选成为祂的子民。这都是按自己旨意行万事的上帝预先定下的计划， 12 好让我们这些首先在基督里得到盼望的人都来颂赞祂的荣耀。
13 你们听过真理之道，就是那使你们得救的福音，而且也信了基督。你们既然信祂，就领受了上帝应许赐下的圣灵为印记。 14 圣灵是我们领受产业的担保，直到上帝的子民得到救赎，使祂的荣耀受到颂赞。
15 我听到你们对主耶稣的信心和对众圣徒的爱心后， 16 不断地为你们感谢上帝，祷告的时候常常提到你们。 17 我求我们主耶稣基督的上帝——荣耀的父把赐智慧和启示的灵给你们，好使你们更深地认识祂。 18 我也求上帝照亮你们心中的眼睛，使你们知道祂的呼召给你们带来了何等的盼望，祂应许赐给众圣徒的产业有何等丰富的荣耀， 19 并且祂在我们这些信的人身上所运行的能力是何等浩大。 20 上帝曾用这大能使基督从死里复活，使基督在天上坐在自己右边， 21 远远超越今生永世所有执政的、掌权的、有能力的、做主宰的和一切的权势。 22 祂又使万物降服在基督脚下，使基督为教会做万物的元首。 23 教会是基督的身体，蕴涵着那无所不在、充满万物者的丰盛。
Greetings from Paul
1This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[c] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own[d] by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere,[e] 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom[f] and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.[g]
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
Notas al pie
- 1:1 The most ancient manuscripts do not include in Ephesus.
- 1:6 Greek to us in the beloved.
- 1:11 Or we have become God’s inheritance.
- 1:13 Or he put his seal on you.
- 1:15 Some manuscripts read your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and to God’s people everywhere.
- 1:17 Or to give you the Spirit of wisdom.
- 1:18 Or called, and the rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his holy people.