Ephesians 1:3-8 New International Version

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3  Praise 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. 4  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5  he[1] predestined us for adoption to sonship[2] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- 6  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8  that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,


[1] 1:5 Or "sight in love. " 5"He"

[2] 1:5 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.

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