5/25/17 And Now For The Ephesians

Paul finishes the letter and glances over at Onesimus.  “I have one more letter to write, my son,” he says.  Onesimus nods, understanding that Paul wants him to carry another letter with him on his way home.  Paul begins immediately.  “I, Paul, called by God to be an apostle of our Messiah, Jesus, His Son, greet my faithful brothers and sisters in Jesus at the Ephesian church and pray God’s grace and peace to you through Jesus.  God, the Father of our Messiah, Jesus, has through Jesus given us every spiritual blessing in the Kingdom of Heaven through His Son.  Before He created the world, He knew the ones who would be His own, and He called us to Himself so that we would be set apart from those who love the things of the world, and so that we could be forgiven and cleansed of our sins through Jesus, enabling us to live with Him.  He called us to be adopted into His family, through His Son, as His children, before He even created us.  Why did He do this for us?  Because it gave Him joy to do so.  And we, who are now His children, give Him our thanks and praise for His glorious grace and mercy, through which He has called us, forgiven us, and made us His own.”


Ephesians 1:1-6


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