Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Aefeso 1

1Paulo, mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwachifuniro cha Mulungu.

Kulembera oyera mtima a ku Efeso, okhulupirika mwa Khristu Yesu:

Chisomo ndi mtendere kwa inu zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu.

Madalitso Auzimu mwa Khristu

Tiyamike Mulungu, Atate a Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, amene anatipatsa madalitso onse a uzimu kumwamba mwa Khristu. Dziko lapansi lisanalengedwe, Mulungu anatisankhiratu mwa Khristu kuti tikhale oyera mtima ndi wopanda cholakwa pamaso pake. Mwa chikondi chake, Iye anakonzeratu kuti ife titengedwe ngati ana mwa Yesu Khristu, molingana ndi kukonda kwake ndi chifuniro chake. Anachita zimenezi kuti tiziyamika ulemerero wa chisomo chake, umene watipatsa kwaulere mwa Khristu amene amamukonda. Mwa Yesu Khristu, chifukwa cha magazi ake, ife tinawomboledwa ndi kukhululukidwa machimo athu molingana ndi kuchuluka kwa chisomo cha Mulungu chimene anatipatsa mosawumira. Mwa nzeru zonse ndi chidziwitso, Iye watiwululira chifuniro chake chimene chinali chobisika, chimene anachikonzeratu mwa Khristu, molingana ndi kukoma mtima kwake. 10 Chimene anakonza kuti chichitike nʼchakuti, ikakwana nthawi yake asonkhanitsa pamodzi mwa Khristu zinthu zonse za kumwamba ndi pa dziko lapansi.

11 Iye anatisankhiratu mwa Khristu, atatikonzeratu molingana ndi machitidwe a Iye amene amachititsa zinthu zonse kuti zikwaniritse cholinga cha chifuniro chake, 12 nʼcholinga chakuti, ife amene tinali oyamba kukhala ndi chiyembekezo mwa Khristu, tiyamike ulemerero wake. 13 Ndipo inunso pamene munamva mawu a choonadi, Uthenga Wabwino wa chipulumutso chanu, munayikidwanso mwa Khristu. Mutakhulupirira, anakusindikizani chizindikiro pokupatsani Mzimu Woyera amene Iye analonjeza. 14 Mzimu Woyerayo ndi chikole chotsimikizira kuti tidzalandira madalitso athu, ndipo kuti Mulungu anatiwombola kuti tikhale anthu ake. Iye anachita zimenezi kuti timuyamike ndi kumulemekeza.

Kuyamika ndi Kupemphera

15 Choncho, kuyambira pamene ndinamva za chikhulupiriro chanu mwa Ambuye Yesu ndi za chikondi chanu pa oyera mtima onse, 16 ine sindilekeza kuyamika Mulungu chifukwa cha inu. Ndimakukumbukirani mʼmapemphero anga. 17 Ndimapemphera kuti Mulungu wa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, Atate a ulemerero akupatseni mzimu wa nzeru ndi wa vumbulutso, kuti mumudziwe kwenikweni. 18 Ndimapempheranso kuti maso a mitima yanu atsekuke ndi cholinga choti mudziwe chiyembekezo chimene Iye anakuyitanirani, chuma cha ulemerero chomwe chili mwa anthu oyera mtima. 19 Ndiponso ndikufuna kuti mudziwe mphamvu zake zazikulu koposa zimene zili mwa ife amene timakhulupirira. Mphamvuyi ndi yofanana ndi mphamvu yoposa ija 20 imene inagwira ntchito pamene Mulungu anaukitsa Khristu kwa akufa, namukhazika Iye ku dzanja lake lamanja mʼdziko la kumwamba. 21 Anamukhazika pamwamba pa ulamuliro onse ndi mafumu, mphamvu ndi ufumu, ndiponso pamwamba pa dzina lililonse limene angalitchule, osati nthawi ino yokha komanso imene ikubwerayo. 22 Ndipo Mulungu anayika zinthu zonse pansi pa mapazi ake ndi kumusankha Iyeyo kukhala mutu pa chilichonse chifukwa cha mpingo, 23 umene ndi thupi lake, chidzalo cha Iye amene adzaza chilichonse mu njira iliyonse.

The Message

Ephesians 1

11-2 I, Paul, am under God’s plan as an apostle, a special agent of Christ Jesus, writing to you faithful believers in Ephesus. I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.

The God of Glory

3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

15-19 That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

20-23 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.