New International Reader's Version

Ephesians 1

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.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Praise God for His Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Give 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. God 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. So 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. All those things bring praise to his glorious grace. God freely gave us his grace because of the One he loves. We 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. He poured his grace on us. By giving us great wisdom and understanding, he 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. 10 It will all come about when history has been completed. God will then bring together all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 We 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. 12 We were the first to put our hope in Christ. We were chosen to bring praise to his glory. 13 You 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. 14 The 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

15 I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus. I have also heard about your love for all God’s people. That is why 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I always remember you in my prayers. 17 I 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. 18 I 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. 19 And 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 20 God showed. He showed this when he raised Christ from the dead. God seated him at his right hand in his heavenly kingdom. 21 There 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. 22 God placed all things under Christ’s rule. He appointed him to be ruler over everything for the church. 23 The church is Christ’s body and is filled by Christ. He fills everything in every way.

Spanish, Castilian (La Nueva Biblia al Día)

Ephesians 1

1Pablo, apóstol de Jesucristo por la voluntad de Dios, a los amados hermanos fieles a Cristo Jesús que viven en Éfeso. 2Que la gracia y la paz de Dios nuestro Padre y de Jesucristo nuestro Señor sean con vosotros.

Bendiciones espirituales “en Cristo

3¡Bendito sea Dios, Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que por nuestra unión con Cristo nos bendijo con toda clase de bendiciones espirituales en los cielos! 4Desde antes de la creación del mundo, Dios nos había escogido para que pudiéramos estar en su presencia santos y sin mancha. 5Revestidos de su amor, Dios nos destinó de antemano a adoptarnos como hijos por medio de Jesucristo, y así lo hizo de acuerdo con su voluntad y buen parecer. 6Alabemos, pues, a Dios, que con su gloriosa misericordia nos ha aceptado en su amado Hijo, 7en quien tenemos redención por su muerte, es decir, el perdón de los pecados conforme a las riquezas de su gracia, 8derramada en abundancia sobre nosotros con perfecta sabiduría e inteligencia.

9Dios nos ha revelado el secreto de su voluntad, según el plan que previamente se había trazado en beneficio nuestro. 10De acuerdo con ese plan, en el momento oportuno nos recogerá dondequiera nos hallemos, sea en el cielo o en la tierra, para que estemos con él, unidos a Cristo para siempre. 11Asimismo tenemos parte en la herencia de Cristo, porque Dios, en su propósito soberano, nos predestinó desde el principio para ser suyos, 12para que quienes fuimos los primeros en esperar en Cristo seamos la alabanza de su gloria. 13También en Cristo, vosotros, que escuchasteis la palabra de la verdad, la buena nueva de la salvación, y que habéis creído en él, fuisteis sellados con el Espíritu Santo prometido. 14Este sello es la garantía de la herencia que hemos de recibir, por la cual alabamos a nuestro Dios glorioso.

Acción de gracias “e intercesión

15Desde que supe de vuestra firme fe en el Señor Jesús y del amor que tenéis a todos los creyentes, 16no he cesado de dar gracias a Dios por vosotros y de teneros siempre presentes en mis oraciones. 17Constantemente pido a Dios, el glorioso Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que os dé sabiduría y os revele a Cristo y su obra. 18Le pido también que abra los ojos de vuestra mente, para que sepáis cuáles son las gloriosas riquezas de esa herencia que nos ha llamado a compartir con todos los creyentes. 19¡Ojalá lleguéis a comprender cuán inmenso es el poder con que Dios ayuda a los que creemos en él! “ 20Es el mismo poder que desplegó resucitando a Cristo de entre los muertos y haciéndolo sentar a su derecha en el cielo, 21por encima de todo principado, autoridad, potestad o señorío. Porque la gloria de Cristo va más allá de la que nadie ha alcanzado en este mundo ni alcanzará en el venidero. 22Todas las cosas las sometió Dios debajo de sus pies y, también sobre todas las cosas, lo ha hecho cabeza de la iglesia. 23Así la iglesia, que es el cuerpo de Cristo, está llena del que todo lo llena en todos.