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.
1Saa krataa yi fi me Paulo a Onyankopɔn fi ne pɛ mu ayɛ me Kristo Yesu somafo no nkyɛn,
Merekyerɛw akɔma ahotefo a wɔte Efeso, Kristo Yesu mu agyidifo:
2Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo no nka mo.
Honhom Nhyira Wɔ Kristo Mu
3Momma yɛnna Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase, efisɛ ɔnam Kristo so de honhom mu nhyira a efi ɔsoro abrɛ yɛn. 4Ansa na Onyankopɔn bɛbɔ wiase no, ɔdɔɔ yɛn na oyii yɛn wɔ Kristo mu sɛ yɛbɛyɛ kronkron a mfomso biara nni yɛn ho wɔ nʼani so. Ofi ɔdɔ mu 5hyɛ too hɔ se, ne pɛ mu no, ɔnam Yesu Kristo so de yɛn bɛyɛ ne mma, 6de akamfo nʼadom a ɛdɔɔso a ɔde akyɛ yɛn kwa wɔ ne Dɔba no mu no. 7Ne mu na yenya ogye a efi ne mogya mu. Ne mu na yenya bɔnefakyɛ nso, sɛnea Onyankopɔn adom mmoroso a 8ɔde nyansa ne ntease nyinaa hwie guu yɛn so no te. 9Onyankopɔn nam nea Kristo yɛe no so ada nʼanwonwakwan no adi akyerɛ yɛn sɛ 10bere a wahyɛ no, ɔbɛboaboa abɔde nyinaa ano, nea ɛwɔ ɔsoro ne nea ɛwɔ asase so ahyɛ ɔbaako a ɔne Kristo no ase.
11Onyankopɔn yɛ nea ɔpɛ bere biara. Ɛno nti na ɔnam Kristo so paw yɛn fii wiase mfiase, 12sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yɛn a yedii kan nyaa anidaso wɔ Kristo mu no bɛyɛ nkamfo ahyɛ no anuonyam. 13Saa ara na ɛte wɔ mo ho nso. Bere a motee nokwasɛm a ɛyɛ asɛmpa a ɛmaa mo nkwagye no, mugyee Kristo dii. Wɔde bɔhyɛ Honhom Kronkron no hyɛɛ mo nsow wɔ ne mu. 14Honhom no ma yɛn awerehyɛmu sɛ wɔde nea Onyankopɔn de asie ama ne nkurɔfo no bɛma yɛn. Afei yɛbɛde yɛn ho na wɔbɛkamfo Onyankopɔn ahyɛ no anuonyam.
Aseda Ne Mpaebɔ
15Esiane eyi nti, efi bere a metee gyidi a mowɔ wɔ Awurade Yesu mu ne ɔdɔ a modɔ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo no, 16minnyaee aseda a mede ma Onyankopɔn wɔ mo ho no da. Mekae mo wɔ me mpaebɔ mu, 17na mibisa yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Nyankopɔn, anuonyam Agya no se ɔmma mo Honhom Kronkron no a ɔbɛma mo nyansa na wada Onyankopɔn adi akyerɛ mo, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubehu no. 18Mesrɛ sɛ mo adwene mu mmue na munhu ne hann no, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubenya anidaso a ɛno nti ɔfrɛɛ mo no, ne ahonya a ɛwɔ agyapade kronkron a ɛwɔ hɔ ma ahotefo no, 19ne ne tumi a ɛso na biribiara ne no nsɛ ma yɛn a yegye di no. Ɛyɛ saa tumi nwonwaso no ara na ɔdaa no adi 20bere a onyan Kristo fii awufo mu na ɔde no tenaa ne nifa so wɔ ɔsoro ahemman no mu no. 21Saa tumi yi korɔn sen mpanyinni ne tumidi, ahoɔden ne kɛseyɛ, ne dibea biara a wotumi de ma saa bere yi ne bere a ɛbɛba no mu. 22Onyankopɔn de biribiara hyɛɛ Kristo nan ase, na ɔde no ayɛ nneɛma nyinaa ti ama asafo no, 23a ɛne ne nipadua. Ɔno ne nea ɔhyɛ ade nyinaa ma wɔ akwan nyinaa mu.