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(1:1) "Paul ... to the saints which are at Ephesus"
Although Ephesians claims to have been written by Paul, most scholars think it was written
after his death by one of his followers. Also, the words "to the saints which are in Ephesus" does not occur in the best
(1:4-5) We are predestined by God to go to either heaven or hell.
None of our thoughts, words, or actions can affect the final outcome.
Do humans have free will?
Are we all God's children?
What must you do to be saved?
What the Bible says about
"He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world."
us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will."
(1:7) "We have redemption through his blood."
God had his son murdered to keep himself from
hurting others for things they didn't do.
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which
are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed
us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as 1:4 he hath
chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be
holy and without blame before him in love:
1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according
to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted
in the beloved.
In whom 1:7 we have
redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good
pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together
in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on
earth; even in him: 1:10
In whom also 1:11 we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the
purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
(1:11) "We have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated."
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 1:12
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel
of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with
that holy Spirit of promise, 1:13
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the
purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. 1:14
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love
unto all the saints, 1:15
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 1:16
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto
you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 1:17
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is
the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance
in the saints, 1:18
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power, 1:19
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him
at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 1:20
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every
name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over
all things to the church, 1:22
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
1. J. Paul Sampley, The
HarperCollins Study Bible, p.2192.
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