11:1 1Kor 1:1; 2Kor 1:1; Kol 1:2Paulo, mtume wa Kristo Yesu, kwa mapenzi ya Mungu:
Kwa watakatifu walioko Efeso, walio waaminifu katika Kristo Yesu:
21:2 Rum 1:7; Kol 1:2; Gal 1:3; Tit 1:4Neema na amani itokayo kwa Mungu Baba yetu na kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo iwe nanyi.
Baraka Za Kiroho Katika Kristo Yesu
31:3 2Kor 2:1, 3; Efe 3:10; 6:12Ahimidiwe Mungu na Baba wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, aliyetubariki sisi kwa baraka zote za rohoni, katika ulimwengu wa roho ndani ya Kristo. 41:4 Za 15:2; Kol 1:22; Efe 4:2, 15, 16Kwa maana alituchagua katika yeye kabla ya kuumbwa ulimwengu ili tuwe watakatifu na bila lawama mbele zake. Kwa upendo 51:5 Rum 8:29, 30; Lk 12:32; 1Kor 1:21alitangulia kutuchagua tuwe wanawe kwa njia ya Yesu Kristo kwa furaha yake na mapenzi yake mwenyewe. 61:6 Mt 3:17; Efe 1:12, 14; Kol 1:13Kwa hiyo tunamsifu Mungu kwa huruma zake kuu alizotumiminia sisi katika Mwanawe Mpendwa. 71:7 Rum 3:24; Kol 1:14, 20; Efe 2:7; 3:8, 16; Mdo 20:28; Ebr 9:14; 1Pet 1:16Ndani yake tunao ukombozi kwa njia ya damu yake, yaani, msamaha wa dhambi, sawasawa na wingi wa neema yake 81:8 Kol 1:9aliyotumiminia kwa wingi, kwa hekima yote na maarifa yote. 91:9 Rum 16:25; Efe 2:7; 3:9Naye alitujulisha siri ya mapenzi yake sawasawa na uradhi wa mapenzi yake, ambayo alikusudia katika Kristo, 101:10 Mk 1:15; Kol 1:20ili yapate kutimizwa wakati mkamilifu utakapowadia, yaani, kuvitia vitu vyote vya mbinguni na vya duniani pamoja, chini ya kiongozi mmoja, ndiye Kristo.
111:11 Rum 8:28Katika Kristo sisi nasi tumepata urithi, tukisha kuchaguliwa sawasawa na kusudi la Mungu, yeye ambaye hufanya mambo yote kulingana na kusudi la mapenzi yake, 121:12 Efe 1:6, 14; 2The 2:13; Yak 1:18ili kwamba, sisi tuliokuwa wa kwanza kuweka tumaini katika Kristo, tupate kuishi kwa sifa ya utukufu wake. 131:13 Efe 4:21; 4:30; Yn 1:17; 2Kor 6:7Ninyi pia mliingia ndani ya Kristo mliposikia Neno la kweli, Injili ya wokovu wenu. Mkiisha kuamini, ndani yake mlitiwa muhuri, yaani, Roho Mtakatifu mliyeahidiwa, 141:14 Mdo 20:32; 1Kor 1:22; 5:5yeye ambaye ni amana yetu akituhakikishia urithi wetu hadi ukombozi wa wale walio milki ya Mungu kwa sifa ya utukufu wake.
Shukrani Na Maombi
151:15 Kol 1:4; Flm 5Kwa sababu hii, tangu niliposikia juu ya imani yenu katika Bwana Yesu na upendo wenu kwa watakatifu wote, 161:16 Rum 1:8; Flp 1:3, 4; Kol 1:3; 1The 1:2; 2The 1:3sijaacha kumshukuru Mungu kwa ajili yenu, nikiwakumbuka katika maombi yangu. 171:17 Rum 15:6; Kut 28:3Nazidi kumwomba Mungu wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, Baba wa utukufu, awajalieni ninyi roho ya hekima na ya ufunuo, ili mpate kumjua zaidi. 181:18 Ay 42:5; Ebr 6:4Ninaomba pia kwamba macho ya mioyo yenu yatiwe nuru ili mpate kujua tumaini mliloitiwa, utajiri wa urithi wa utukufu wake kwa watakatifu 191:19 Kol 1:29; Efe 6:10na uweza wake mkuu usiolinganishwa kwa ajili yetu sisi tuaminio. Uweza huo unaofanya kazi ndani yetu, ni sawa na ile nguvu kuu mno 201:20 Mdo 2:24; Za 110:1; Mdo 7:55, 56; Kol 3:1; Ebr 1:3; 10:12aliyoitumia katika Kristo alipomfufua kutoka kwa wafu, na akamketisha mkono wake wa kuume huko mbinguni, 211:21 Flp 2:9, 10; Kol 2:10; Ebr 1:4; Rum 8:38juu sana kuliko falme zote na mamlaka, enzi na milki, na juu ya kila jina litajwalo, si katika ulimwengu huu tu, bali katika ule ujao pia. 221:22 Mt 28:18; 1Kor 11:3; Kol 2:19Naye Mungu ameweka vitu vyote viwe chini ya miguu yake na amemfanya yeye awe kichwa cha vitu vyote kwa ajili ya Kanisa, 23ambalo ndilo mwili wake, ukamilifu wake yeye aliye yote katika yote.
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus,1:1 Some early manuscripts do not have in Ephesus. the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he1:4,5 Or sight in love. 5 He predestined us for adoption to sonship1:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9he1:8,9 Or us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11In him we were also chosen,1:11 Or were made heirs having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit1:17 Or a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.