Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us
with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ,
just as He chose us in Him before
the foundation of the world,
that we would be holy
and blameless in His sight.
In love He predestined us for adoption as sons and daughters
through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our wrongdoings,
according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.
With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will,
according to His good pleasure which He set forth in Him,
to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment ~
to bring all things together in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.
In Him we also have obtained an inheritance,
having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things
in accordance with the plan of His will,
to the end that we who were the first to hope in the Christ
would be to the praise of His glory.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth,
the gospel of your salvation.
When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal,
the promised Holy Spirit, who is a first installment of our inheritance,
in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession,
to the praise of His glory.
~ Ephesians 1:3-15