1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned.
I am sending this letter to you, God’s holy people in Ephesus. Because you belong to Christ Jesus, you are faithful.
2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Praise God for His Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Those blessings come from the heavenly world. They belong to us because we belong to Christ. 4God chose us to belong to Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us. 5So he decided long ago to adopt us. He adopted us as his children with all the rights children have. He did it because of what Jesus Christ has done. It pleased God to do it. 6All those things bring praise to his glorious grace. God freely gave us his grace because of the One he loves. 7We have been set free because of what Christ has done. Because he bled and died our sins have been forgiven. We have been set free because God’s grace is so rich. 8He poured his grace on us. By giving us great wisdom and understanding, 9he showed us the mystery of his plan. It was in keeping with what he wanted to do. It was what he had planned through Christ. 10It will all come about when history has been completed. God will then bring together all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11We were also chosen to belong to him. God decided to choose us long ago in keeping with his plan. He works out everything to fit his plan and purpose. 12We were the first to put our hope in Christ. We were chosen to bring praise to his glory. 13You also became believers in Christ. That happened when you heard the message of truth. It was the good news about how you could be saved. When you believed, he stamped you with an official mark. That official mark is the Holy Spirit that he promised. 14The Spirit marks us as God’s own. We can now be sure that someday we will receive all that God has promised. That will happen after God sets all his people completely free. All these things will bring praise to his glory.
Paul Prays and Gives Thanks
15I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus. I have also heard about your love for all God’s people. That is why 16I have not stopped thanking God for you. I always remember you in my prayers. 17I pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the glorious Father. I keep asking him to give you the wisdom and understanding that come from the Holy Spirit. I want you to know God better. 18I pray that you may understand more clearly. Then you will know the hope God has chosen you to receive. You will know that what God will give his holy people is rich and glorious. 19And you will know God’s great power. It can’t be compared with anything else. His power works for us who believe. It is the same mighty strength 20God showed. He showed this when he raised Christ from the dead. God seated him at his right hand in his heavenly kingdom. 21There Christ sits far above all who rule and have authority. He also sits far above all powers and kings. He is above every name that is appealed to in this world and in the world to come. 22God placed all things under Christ’s rule. He appointed him to be ruler over everything for the church. 23The church is Christ’s body and is filled by Christ. He fills everything in every way.
11:1 a 1Ko 1:1 b 2Ko 1:1 c Bak 1:2Nze Pawulo, omutume wa Kristo Yesu, olw’okwagala kwa Katonda, mpandiikira abatukuvu abali mu Efeso, era abakkiririza mu Kristo Yesu.
21:2 Bar 1:7Ekisa n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo bibeerenga nammwe.
Emikisa mu Kristo
31:3 a 2Ko 1:3 b Bef 2:6; 3:10; 6:12Yeebazibwe Katonda era Kitaawe wa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo, atuwadde mu Kristo buli mukisa gwonna ogw’omwoyo oguva mu ggulu. 41:4 a Bef 5:27; Bak 1:22 b Bef 4:2, 15, 16Yatulonda okubeera mu Kristo ng’ensi tennatondebwa, ffe tube batukuvu, abataliiko kya kunenyezebwa mu maaso ge, olw’okwagala kwe. 51:5 a Bar 8:29, 30 b 1Ko 1:21Olw’okwagala kwe, yatuteekateeka tubeere abaana be mu Yesu Kristo, ng’okusiima kwe bwe kuli. 61:6 Mat 3:17Katonda tumutendereze olw’ekisa kye yatuwa obuwa mu Mwana, gw’ayagala ennyo. 71:7 Bar 3:24Mu oyo mwe tununulibwa olw’omusaayi gwe, ne tusonyiyibwa ebibi, ng’obugagga bw’ekisa kye bwe buli, 8kye yatuwa mu bungi mu magezi gonna ne mu kutegeera kwonna. 91:9 Bar 16:25Yatubikkulira ekyama eky’okwagala kwe, ng’okusiima kwe bwe kuli kwe yateekerateekera mu Kristo. 101:10 a Bag 4:4 b Bak 1:20Olwo ekiseera ekituufu bwe kirituuka, Katonda alikola byonna bye yateekateeka, n’ateeka ebintu byonna awamu wansi wa Kristo, ebiri mu ggulu n’ebiri ku nsi.
111:11 Bef 3:11Era mu ye mwe twaweerwa obusika ne twawulibwa ng’enteekateeka bw’eri ey’oyo akola ebintu byonna okusinziira ku magezi ag’okwagala kwe; 121:12 nny 6, 14ffe Abayudaaya tulyoke tumuleetere okugulumizibwa, ffe abaasooka okuba n’essuubi mu Kristo. 131:13 a Bak 1:5 b Bef 4:30Nammwe, Kristo yabaleeta eri amazima, kye kigambo eky’Enjiri ey’okulokolebwa kwammwe. Bwe mwamukkiriza, ne muteekebwako envumbo eya Mwoyo Mutukuvu eyasuubizibwa, 141:14 Bik 20:32gwe musingo gw’obusika bwaffe, okutuusa bw’alinunula abantu be, ne Katonda n’agulumizibwa era n’atenderezebwa.
Okusaba kwa Pawulo
151:15 Bak 1:4Noolwekyo okuva lwe nawulira okukkiriza kwe mulina mu Mukama waffe Yesu, n’okwagala kwe mulina eri abantu ba Katonda bonna, 161:16 Bar 1:8sirekangayo kwebaza Katonda ku lwammwe. Mbajjukira 171:17 a Yk 20:17 b Bak 1:9ne mbasabira, Katonda wa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo, Kitaffe ow’ekitiibwa, abawe Omwoyo ow’amagezi n’okubikkulirwa mweyongere okumutegeera. 181:18 Bik 26:18; 2Ko 4:6Nnyongera okubasabira, amaaso g’emitima gyammwe gamulisibwenga, mulyoke mumanye essuubi ly’okuyitibwa kwammwe, n’obugagga obungi bwe mulina mu ye, mmwe awamu n’abantu ba Katonda bonna. 191:19 a Bak 1:29 b Bef 6:10Njagala mutegeere amaanyi ge agasukkiridde agakolera mu ffe abakkiriza, ng’okukola kw’obuyinza bw’amaanyi ge bwe kuli, 201:20 Bik 2:24amaanyi ago ge yakozesa mu Kristo bwe yamuzuukiza mu bafu, n’amutuuza ku mukono gwe ogwa ddyo waggulu mu ggulu. 211:21 Baf 2:9, 10Waggulu eyo, Kristo gy’afugira obufuzi bwonna, n’obuyinza bwonna, n’amaanyi gonna, n’obwami bwonna, na buli kitiibwa kyonna ekiweebwa omuntu. Afugira mu mulembe guno, era alifugira ne mu mulembe ogugenda okujja. 221:22 a Mat 28:18 b Bef 4:15; 5:23Katonda atadde ebintu byonna wansi w’ebigere bye, n’afuula Kristo omutwe gw’ebintu byonna eby’ekkanisa, 23era ekkanisa gwe mubiri gwe ye yennyini, mwatuukiririza ebintu byonna.