Ephesians 1-3 Bible in Basic English

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1 1  Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the purpose of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and those who have faith in Christ Jesus: 2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us every blessing of the Spirit in the heavens in Christ: 4  Even as he made selection of us in him from the first, so that we might be holy and free from all evil before him in love: 5  As we were designed before by him for the position of sons to himself, through Jesus Christ, in the good pleasure of his purpose, 6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely gave to us in the Loved One: 7  In whom we have salvation through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, through the wealth of his grace, 8  Which he gave us in full measure in all wisdom and care; 9  Having made clear to us the secret of his purpose, in agreement with the design which he had in mind, to put into his hands 10  The ordering of the times when they are complete, so that all things might come to a head in Christ, the things in heaven and the things on the earth; in him, I say, 11  In whom we have a heritage, being marked out from the first in his purpose who does all things in agreement with his designs; 12  So that his glory might have praise through us who first had hope in Christ: 13  In whom you, having been given the true word, the good news of your salvation, and through your faith in him, were given the sign of the Holy Spirit of hope, 14  Which is the first-fruit of our heritage, till God gets back that which is his, to the praise of his glory.

Prayer for Knowledge and Understanding

15  For this cause I, having had news of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and which you make clear to all the saints, 16  Give praise without end for you, keeping you in mind in my prayers; 17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; 18  And that having the eyes of your heart full of light, you may have knowledge of what is the hope of his purpose, what is the wealth of the glory of his heritage in the saints, 19  And how unlimited is his power to us who have faith, as is seen in the working of the strength of his power, 20  By which he made Christ come back from the dead, and gave him a place at his right hand in heaven, 21  Far over all rule and authority and power and every name which is named, not only in the present order, but in that which is to come: 22  And he has put all things under his feet, and has made him to be head over all things to the church, 23  Which is his body, the full measure of him in whom all things are made complete.

Saved by Grace

2 1  And to you did he give life, when you were dead through your wrongdoing and sins, 2  In which you were living in the past, after the ways of this present world, doing the pleasure of the lord of the power of the air, the spirit who is now working in those who go against the purpose of God; 3  Among whom we all at one time were living in the pleasures of our flesh, giving way to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and the punishment of God was waiting for us even as for the rest.

4  But God, being full of mercy, through the great love which he had for us, 5  Even when we were dead through our sins, gave us life together with Christ (by grace you have salvation), 6  So that we came back from death with him, and are seated with him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus; 7  That in the time to come he might make clear the full wealth of his grace in his mercy to us in Christ Jesus: 8  Because by grace you have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is given by God: 9  Not by works, so that no man may take glory to himself. 10  For by his act we were given existence in Christ Jesus to do those good works which God before made ready for us so that we might do them.

One New Man in Christ

11  For this reason keep it in mind that in the past you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are looked on as being outside the circumcision by those who have circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; 12  That you were at that time without Christ, being cut off from any part in Israel's rights as a nation, having no part in God's agreement, having no hope, and without God in the world. 13  But now in Christ Jesus you who at one time were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

14  For he is our peace, who has made the two into one, and by whom the middle wall of division has been broken down, 15  Having in his flesh put an end to that which made the division between us, even the law with its rules and orders, so that he might make in himself, of the two, one new man, so making peace; 16  And that the two might come into agreement with God in one body through the cross, so putting an end to that division. 17  And he came preaching peace to you who were far off, and to those who were near; 18  Because through him the two of us are able to come near in one Spirit to the Father. 19  So then you are no longer as those who have no part or place in the kingdom of God, but you are numbered among the saints, and of the family of God, 20  Resting on the base of the Apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief keystone, 21  In whom all the building, rightly joined together, comes to be a holy house of God in the Lord; 22  In whom you, with the rest, are united together as a living-place of God in the Spirit.

Paul's Ministry to the Gentiles

3 1  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles, 2  If that ordering of the grace of God has come to your knowledge, which was given to me for you, 3  How by revelation the secret was made clear to me, as I said before in a short letter, 4  By the reading of which you will be clear about my knowledge of the secret of Christ; 5  Which in other generations was not given to the sons of men, but the revelation of it has now been made to his holy Apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6  Which is that the Gentiles have a part in the heritage, and in the same body, and in the same hope in Christ through the good news, 7  Of which I was made a preacher, through that grace of God which was given to me in the measure of the working of his power. 8  To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, was this grace given, so that I might make clear to the Gentiles the good news of the unending wealth of Christ: 9  And make all men see what is the ordering of the secret which from the first has been kept in God who made all things; 10  So that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavens might be made clear through the church the wide-shining wisdom of God, 11  Which is seen in his eternal purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12  By whom we come near to God without fear through faith in him. 13  For this reason it is my prayer that you may not become feeble because of my troubles for you, which are your glory.

Prayer for Love Which Surpasses Knowledge

14  For this cause I go down on my knees before the Father, 15  From whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16  That in the wealth of his glory he would make you strong with power through his Spirit in your hearts; 17  So that Christ may have his place in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and based in love, 18  May have strength to see with all the saints how wide and long and high and deep it is, 19  And to have knowledge of the love of Christ which is outside all knowledge, so that you may be made complete as God himself is complete. 20  Now to him who is able to do in full measure more than all our desires or thoughts, through the power which is working in us, 21  To him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. So be it.

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