Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Efežanima 1

želim vam milost i mir od našega Boga Oca i Gospodina Isusa Krista.

Duhovni blagoslovi

Slava neka je Bogu, Ocu našega Gospodina Isusa Krista, jer nas je, zato što pripadamo Kristu, blagoslovio svakim duhovnim blagoslovom u nebesima.

Bog nas je, još prije nego što je stvorio svijet, izabrao da u Kristu budemo sveti i bez nedostatka u njegovim očima.

Njegov je nepromjenjivi naum oduvijek bio da nas posvoji u vlastitu obitelj kroz Isusa Krista. Rado je to učinio.

Slavimo zato Boga za milost koju nam je iskazao, da pripadamo njegovu ljubljenom Sinu

u kojemu imamo otkupljenje njegovom krvlju i oproštenje grijeha po njegovoj izobilnoj milosti.

S milošću nam je obilno udijelio mudrost i razumijevanje.

Bog nam je otkrio tajni naum s Kristom, koji je odavno dobrohotno smislio.

10 Nakanio je sve - na nebesima i na zemlji - podložiti Kristu kad se za to napuni vrijeme.

11 U njemu smo i mi postali baštinicima, predodređeni prema nakani onoga koji sve čini u skladu sa svojom voljom.

12 Božja je nakana bila da mi, koji smo se prvi pouzdali u Krista, proslavljamo svojega slavnog Boga.

13 I vi ste čuli istinu, Radosnu vijest da vas Bog spašava. A kad ste povjerovali u Krista, Bog vam je dao Svetoga Duha i tako vas zapečatio da ste njegovi.

14 Duh je Božje jamstvo da će nam dati sve što je obećao te da nas je otkupio sebi na slavu.

Pavlova molitva za duhovnu mudrost

15 Zato i ja, otkako sam čuo za vašu snažnu vjeru u Gospodina Isusa i ljubav koju iskazujete prema svetima posvuda,

16 ,ne prestajem zahvaljivati Bogu za vas. Stalno se molim za vas

17 iskajući od Boga, slavnoga Oca našega Gospodina Isusa Krista, da vam udijeli duha mudrosti i razumijevanja kako bi ga što bolje spoznali.

18 Molim Boga da vam srca obasja svjetlošću da možete razumjeti kakvo je bogato i slavno naslijeđe dao svojem narodu.

19 Molim se da razumijete nevjerojatnu silinu njegove moći za nas koji vjerujemo. Jednako je djelotvorna i silna

20 kao i sila koja je uskrisila Krista i posjela ga na počasno mjesto, Bogu zdesna na nebesima -

21 iznad svakoga poglavarstva, vlasti, moći i gospodstva ne samo u ovome svijetu nego i u svijetu koji će doći.

22 Bog je sve podložio Kristovoj vlasti, a njega je - iznad svih - postavio za poglavara Crkve,

23 koja je njegovo Tijelo, punina Onoga koji ispunja sve u svima.

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.