New Living Translation

Ephesians 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.

I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

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

Spiritual Blessings

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[c] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own[d] by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere,[e] 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom[f] and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.[g]

19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 The most ancient manuscripts do not include in Ephesus.
  2. 1:6 Greek to us in the beloved.
  3. 1:11 Or we have become God’s inheritance.
  4. 1:13 Or he put his seal on you.
  5. 1:15 Some manuscripts read your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and to God’s people everywhere.
  6. 1:17 Or to give you the Spirit of wisdom.
  7. 1:18 Or called, and the rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his holy people.

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List Efezanom 1

1 Milí bratia, stále verní Pánovi!

Ja Pavol, ktorého si Boh vyvolil za apoštola Ježiša Krista,

želám vám milosť a pokoj.

Chválime Boha a Otca nášho Pána Ježiša Krista za všetko požehnanie, ktorým nás obdaril v duchovnom živote preto, že patríme Kristovi.

Zjavenie Božieho plánu.

Už dávno pred stvorením sveta si nás Boh vyvolil za svoje deti prostredníctvom obete Pána Ježiša a vo svojej láske sa rozhodol urobiť nás svätými a nepoškvrnenými v jeho očiach.

5-7 Vďaka Bohu za jeho nekonečnú dobrotu a priazeň, ktorú nám preukázal vo svojom milovanom Synovi. Jeho dobrota je taká nesmierna, že nám pre jeho obeť odpustil všetky hriechy a zachránil nás od smrti,

zahrnul bohatstvom svojej milosti a obdaril nás múdrosťou a rozumnosťou vo všetkom.

Boh nám odhalil svoj tajný zámer, ktorý si vo svojej prezieravosti predsavzal už pred stáročiami, že v stanovený čas zhromaždí všetko a všetkých na nebi aj na zemi pod vládou Kristovou.

10 A tak si nás Boh presne podľa svojho rozhodnutia urobil svojím majetkom

11 a vyvolil si nás hneď na počiatku, aby sme mu patrili.

12 Boží zámer je, aby sme ho chválili a zvelebovali za všetko, čo urobil pre nás, ktorí sme už skôr založili svoju nádej v Krista.

13 Jeho zásluhou ste do tohto zámeru boli zahrnutí aj vy, keď ste počuli zvesť o spasení a uverili ste jej.

Na dôkaz toho vám Boh vtisol svoju pečať, totiž dal vám Ducha Svätého, ktorého sľúbil už dávno.

14 Jeho prítomnosť v nás je zárukou, že Boh nám skutočne dá všetko, čo sľúbil. Je to aj akási pečať, že sme jeho vlastníctvom a že si nás vezme k sebe. Môžeme ho za to nechváliť a neoslavovať?

Kristus, Pán nad všetkým

15 Práve preto odvtedy, ako som počul o vašej viere v Pána Ježiša aj o vašej láske k všetkým jeho vyznávačom,

16 neprestávam za vás vo svojich modlitbách ďakovať Bohu.

17 Prosím slávneho Otca nášho Pána Ježiša Krista o múdrosť pre vás, aby ste dokonale pochopili, kto je Kristus a čo všetko pre vás vykonal.

18 Modlím sa, aby vaše srdce ožiaril odlesk slávnej budúcnosti, do ktorej sme pozvaní, a aby ste pochopili, vy, ktorí patríte Kristovi,

19 aké nesmierne bohatstvo nám slávny Boh dáva. Veď všetko, čo patrí Bohu, je aj vaše! A prosím aj o to, aby ste sa presvedčili, aká neuveriteľne veľká je moc, ktorá vo vás pôsobí.

20 Je to tá istá moc, ktorá vzkriesila Krista z mŕtvych

21 a vyzdvihla ho vysoko nad všetkých kráľov a vlády, nad veliteľov a diktátorov, až na čestné miesto po Božej pravici. Jeho sláva nemá obdoby v minulosti a nebude mať ani v budúcnosti.

22 Boh mu všetko podriadil a urobil ho hlavou cirkvi.

23 Cirkev je jeho telom, naplnená ním samým, pôvodcom a darcom všetkého.