1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus,1:1 Some early manuscripts do not have in Ephesus. the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he1:4,5 Or sight in love. 5 He predestined us for adoption to sonship1:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9he1:8,9 Or us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11In him we were also chosen,1:11 Or were made heirs having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit1:17 Or a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who 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.