Tagalog Contemporary Bible

Efeso 1:1-23

1Mula kay Pablo na apostol ni Cristo Jesus ayon sa kalooban ng Dios.

Mahal kong mga pinabanal1:1 pinabanal: sa Griego, hagios, na ang ibig sabihin ay itinuring ng Dios na sa kanya. Ganito rin sa talatang 15 at 18. sa Efeso, mga matatapat na nakay Cristo Jesus:

2Sumainyo nawa ang biyaya at kapayapaang galing sa Dios na ating Ama at sa Panginoong Jesu-Cristo.

3-4Purihin natin ang Dios at Ama ng ating Panginoong Jesu-Cristo! Dahil sa pakikipag-isa natin kay Cristo, ibinigay niya sa atin ang lahat ng pagpapalang espiritwal mula sa langit. Bago pa man niya likhain ang mundo, pinili na niya tayo para maging banal at walang kapintasan sa paningin niya. Dahil sa pag-ibig niya, 5noong una paʼy itinalaga na niya tayo para maging mga anak niya sa pamamagitan ni Jesu-Cristo. Ayon na rin ito sa kanyang layunin at kalooban. 6Purihin natin ang Dios dahil sa kamangha-mangha niyang biyaya na ibinigay sa atin sa pamamagitan ng kanyang minamahal na Anak.

7-8Sa pamamagitan ng dugo ni Cristo, tinubos tayo, na ang ibig sabihin ay pinatawad ang mga kasalanan natin. Napakalaki ng biyayang ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Dios. Binigyan niya tayo ng karunungan at pang-unawa 9para maunawaan ang kanyang lihim na plano na nais niyang matupad sa pamamagitan ni Cristo 10pagdating ng itinakdang panahon. At ang plano niyaʼy pag-isahin ang lahat ng nasa langit at nasa lupa, at ipasailalim sa kapangyarihan ni Cristo.

11Ginagawa ng Dios ang lahat ng bagay ayon sa plano niya at kalooban. At ayon nga sa plano niya noon pang una, pinili niya kami para maging kanya sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-isa kay Cristo. 12Ginawa niya ito para kaming mga naunang sumampalataya kay Cristo ay magbigay-puri sa kanya. 13Kayo man ay napabilang na kay Cristo nang marinig ninyo ang katotohanan, ang Magandang Balita kung paano kayo maliligtas. Sa pagsampalataya ninyo sa kanya, ibinigay niya ang Banal na Espiritu na kanyang ipinangako bilang tanda na pagmamay-ari na niya kayo. 14Ang Banal na Espiritu ang katibayan na matatanggap natin mula sa Dios ang ipinangako niya sa atin bilang mga anak niya, hanggang sa matanggap natin ang lubos na kaligtasan. At dahil dito, papupurihan siya!

Ang Panalangin ni Pablo

15Kaya nga, mula nang mabalitaan ko ang pananampalataya nʼyo sa ating Panginoong Jesus at ang pag-ibig nʼyo sa lahat ng mga pinabanal, 16walang tigil ang pasasalamat ko sa Dios dahil sa inyo. At lagi ko kayong ipinapanalangin. 17Hinihiling ko sa Dios, ang dakilang Ama ng ating Panginoong Jesu-Cristo, na bigyan niya kayo ng karunungan at pang-unawa mula sa Banal na Espiritu, para lalo nʼyo pa siyang makilala. 18Ipinapanalangin ko rin na maliwanagan ang inyong pusoʼt isipan para maunawaan nʼyo ang pag-asa na inilaan niya sa atin, ang napakahalaga at napakasaganang pagpapala na ipinangako niya sa mga pinabanal. 19-20Ipinapanalangin ko rin na malaman nʼyo ang napakadakilang kapangyarihan ng Dios para sa ating mga sumasampalataya sa kanya. Ang kapangyarihan ding ito ang ginamit niya nang buhayin niyang muli si Cristo at nang paupuin sa kanyang kanan sa langit. 21Kaya nasa ilalim ng kapangyarihan ni Cristo ang lahat ng espiritung naghahari at namamahala, mga espiritung namumuno at may kapangyarihan. Ang titulo niya ay hindi mapapantayan ninuman, hindi lang sa panahong ito kundi sa darating pang panahon. 22Ipinailalim ng Dios kay Cristo ang lahat ng bagay, at ginawa siyang pangulo ng lahat para sa ikabubuti ng iglesya 23na siyang katawan ni Cristo. Ang iglesya ay ang kabuuan ni Cristo na siyang bumubuo sa lahat.

New International Reader's Version

Ephesians 1:1-23

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.