Passage: Ephesians 1:1-14 (RSV)

Ephesians 1

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus:
2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
5He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
8which he lavished upon us.
9For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ
10as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will,
12we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory.
13In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

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