1:1Paul, an Ambassador of Anointed Jesus through the will of God,
To the holy ones living in Ephesus and trusting in Anointed Jesus:
1:2Favor and peace to you all from God our Father and Master Jesus the Anointed.
1:3May the God and Father of our Master Jesus the Anointed be blessed, for through the Anointed he gave us every spiritual blessing in the heavens.1:4Because of his love, he chose us for himself before the foundation of the world to be holy and flawless in his view.1:5It delighted him to lock us into the place of his own sons and daughters through Jesus the Anointed.
1:6Praise his honor and favor! He showed his favor to us in the Loved One,1:7who dismissed all the charges against us by means of his blood. He paid for us to be acquitted of all charges with the overwhelming favor1:8he lavished on us in his wise plan.1:9It delighted him to make his secret will known to us,1:10his plan to dispense the progression of the ages to the goal of bringing everything in heaven and earth to the Anointed.1:11Not only that, but God in his wisdom also destined us,1:12who were expected first with the Anointed, to honor him.1:13Likewise for you who heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. You believed and were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,1:14who is the down payment that guarantees our inheritance. Praise and honor to him!
1:15So ever since I heard of your faith in the Master Jesus and your love for all the holy ones,1:16I haven’t stopped thanking God because of you! You are in my prayers,1:17especially that the God of our Master Jesus the Anointed, the glorious Father, may give you all the spirit of wisdom and reveal knowledge of him.1:18He has illuminated your minds so you can grasp the hope of your calling, the riches of his honor, your inheritance among the holy ones,1:19and the overflowing great power he pours into us who believe. This is the same power1:20he used to raise the Anointed from the dead and seat him at his right hand in heaven,1:21over every rule and authority and power and mastery, and every name there is, not only in this age but also in the next.1:22God put all of them beneath his feet, and he alone is the one given by God as the head of the Congregation,1:23which is his body, bringing everything to completion.1
- 1Note Paul’s comparisons: under/over, feet/head, body/completion. In Jesus, every entity is in its proper place, in this particular context of the subjection of all forms of rule and authority.