The Holy Bible: The New Word – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

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    1 [1-7] From Paul, a follower of Yeshua the Christ by the will of God, to the Christians which are at Ephesus, and to all the faithful who are in Christ Yeshua: May God’s grace and peace be with you, from Yahweh God, and from Yeshua the Christ. May Yahweh God be blessed, the God of our Christ Yeshua, who has given us every blessing in the spiritual realm in Christ. God has chosen us in Christ even before the creation of the world, that we would be set apart and without blame before God. We were chosen before time to be the adopted children of God through Yeshua the Christ, out of God’s love and favor for us; in order for God’s grace to made known to us, in which God has accepted us in the Dear Loved One. The cost was the blood of Christ Yeshua, which has bought us back, in order to save us from our sins, for the riches of God’s grace.

      [8-14] In this, God has greatly blessed us in all wisdom and foresight, having made known to us the secret of what God truly wants, which was decided by God for God’s own happiness: That in the right time everything would be gathered together to complete everything in Christ, both that which is in heaven, and that which is on earth; everything in Christ. So we have an inheritance in Christ, being chosen before time for the purpose of the One who works everything out by God’s own plan, so that we, who first trusted in Christ, would make God known by our praise. And you have also trusted in Christ, after you heard the Word of truth, the New Word that saves you. After you believed, you were also marked with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the proof of our inheritance until the bought possession is bought back, and we will make God known by our praise.

     [15] This is why, after I heard of your faith in Christ Yeshua, and your love for all the Christians, I give thanks for you always, remembering you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Christ, Yeshua, the God, who we make known, will give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation to know God, and that the eyes of your understanding will be opened. I pray that you can know the hope of God’s calling, and the riches of making known God’s inheritance in the Christians, the very greatness of God’s power to us who believe, according to the working of God’s great power, which God did in Yeshua the Christ. I pray that you know the Christ was raised from the dead, and sat beside God in the heavenly realm, far above all other spiritual realms, or power, or stronghold, or control, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. And that everything was put under the Christ’s control, and Christ was made the head over everything in the church, which is the body of Christ, which completes the One who completes everyone in everything.

    2 [1-10] And God has brought you back to life again, who were dead in your uncontrolled actions and sins. In the past you did this, walking in the ways of this world, for the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that works now in those who refuse to be controlled by God. In the past, our lifestyle suited the wants of our body, fulfilling what the body and the mind wanted; and we were by nature the children of rage, just as others are now. But God, who is rich in mercy, for the great love that God has for us, even when we were dead in our sins, has brought us back to life again together with Christ, and by grace you’re saved. God has raised us up together, and made us sit together in spiritual realms in Christ Yeshua, so that in the time to come the very riches of God’s grace would be shown in God’s kindness toward us through Christ Yeshua. By grace you’re saved, through your faith. You’re not saved of yourselves, it’s the gift of God. You’ve done nothing to deserve it, in case anyone wants to brag. We’re all God’s handiwork, created in Christ Yeshua to do good works, which God has previously set apart for us to do, so that we would do them at the right time.

     [11-22] So remember, that you once lived like the other people, who are called unclean by those who call themselves clean, because of that which is done in the physical body by human beings. Remember that at that time, you were without Christ, kept from being a citizen of Israel, and were strangers to the promised agreements, having no hope, and without God in the world. But now in Christ Yeshua you who were then far away are now brought near by the blood of Christ. Christ is our peace, and has made both One, and has broken down the wall that separates us; Having put an end to that rage of the Word of God in the Christ’s body, which was only about following rules, in order to make One new people of the two in Christ, and so making peace. And this happened to bring back both people to God in One body by the cross, having put an end to the rage by this word: The Christ came and preached peace to those who were far away, and to those who were near. Through Christ we are both joined by One Spirit to the God we came from. So now you’re not strangers and foreigners anymore, but citizens along with the other Christians, and are now part of the family of God. You’re built on the foundation of the followers and great preachers, Yeshua the Christ being the first corner stone; In whom all the building is perfectly fit together to grow into a holy place of worship in God. You also are built together in Christ to be a place of worship of God, through the Spirit.

    3 [1-9] Because of this, I Paul, am the prisoner of Yeshua the Christ for you other peoples, if you’ve heard of the privilege of God’s grace which I have been given for you. That is, that Christ made known to me the secret by revelation, as I wrote before in a short letter, by which, when you read it, you can understand how I know the secret of Christ. In other times this wasn’t made known to the children of humanity, as it has been made known to God’s holy followers and great preachers now by the Spirit. But it was made known so that the other peoples could be part of the same body, sharing in the promise of Israel in Christ by the New Word. And I was made a minister of this New Word, for the gift of God’s grace which was given to me by the purposeful activity of the power of God. I have been given this grace, who am the least worthy of all Christians, so that I would preach the unimaginable riches of Christ to others, and to make everyone see the purpose of this secret, which from the beginning of time God has kept secret, who created everything by Yeshua the Christ.

      [10-20] And this has happened so that the great wisdom of God would be made known to the rulers and powers in spiritual realms by the church, for the everlasting purpose which God has worked out in Yeshua, our Christ. In Christ, we have no fear, who we can go to with trust by our faith. So I don’t want you to give up because of my troubles for you, which is really for your victory. So, I bow my knees to the God of our Christ, Yeshua, for whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. I pray that God will give you strength, out of the riches of God’s victory, with the power of the Spirit in the inner person so that Christ can live in your hearts by faith; And that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to understand, along with all Christians, the endless boundaries of Christ’s love, which is wider, and longer, and deeper, and higher than anyone can know, so that you might be filled with everything God has for you. Now God is able to do so much more than anything we can ask or even think of by the power of the Spirit that acts in us. May God have victory in the church by Christ Yeshua to the end of time, and forever. So be it!

    4 [1-10] So, I, the prisoner of God, beg you to walk worthy of the work that you’re called to do, in humility and gentleness, and with patience, forgiving one another in love. Try to be as One in the Spirit, coming together in peace. There’s One body, and One Spirit, just as you’ve been called in One hope; There’s One Christ, One faith, One baptism; One God, the same Yahweh God we are all from, who rules over everything, and is everywhere, and is in every One of you. And Christ has measured out gifts to everyone of us by grace. This is why it is said, The Christ went up to heaven leading a long line of freed prisoners, and gave gifts to humanity. So now that the Christ has gone up, the Christ must also have come down first to the earth? So the One who came down is the same One also that has gone up to the highest heaven, in order to complete everything.

      [11-16] And the Christ chose some of us to be followers, some great preachers, some evangelists, some pastors, and some teachers; And Christ gave these gifts to complete the Christians, for the work of the ministry, and for the good of the body of Christ until we all come together in the same faith, and the same knowledge of the Child of God.  This is so we can become a complete person, that is, so we can become mature like Christ. We should not act like children anymore, getting confused by, and being swayed by every new teaching, by those who would fool us with their evil lies, who are only waiting for a chance to mislead us. But we should always tell the truth in love in everything we do, so we can grow up in Christ, which is the head of the body. In Christ, the whole body is perfectly joined and held together by everyone that does their own work and helps the body to do its work, which helps the body to grow for its own good in the love of Christ.

     [17-24] So I tell you, in the name of Yahweh God, that you must not keep on living as other people live, with their useless thinking. They don’t understand, being strangers to the life of God, because they refuse to accept the truth. These people, having no sense of shame, have given themselves over to living filthy lives, always wanting to do something more evil. But those in Christ haven’t learned to be this way, if you’ve really heard the truth, and have been taught by the truth that is in Yeshua. That truth tells you to put off your former lifestyle, which is the old person that is ruined by the evil it wants. You must change the way you think, putting on the new person, which is created by God in true goodness and right living.

     [25-32] So everyone of you tell the truth to your neighbor, and stop lying, because we’re all belong to the same body. Be angry, but don’t sin. Don’t let the day come to an end with your rage still in your heart, or you will give the devil a way to destroy you. Those of you who have stolen must not steal anymore: but instead you should work with your hands the things which are good, so that you can have enough to give to those in need. Don’t say anything evil, but say only what’s good for the benefit of others, your words being graceful to whoever hears it. Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by which you’re marked till the day we’re saved. Don’t become bitter, angry, or full of rage, yelling and talking evil, and hating: But be good and kind to one another, forgiving one another, just as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.

    5 [1-10] So be followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has died for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling scent. And don’t let any sexual sin, or any evil thing, or greed, be named among you, as Christians shouldn’t live this way; Nor immorality, nor stupid talking, nor joking around, which aren’t right to do: but instead give thanks. You should know that no sexually immoral or evil person, nor a selfish person, or someone who worships falsely, has any part in the realm of Yeshua the Christ and of Yahweh God. Don’t let anyone mislead you with meaningless words, for because of this, the rage of God is on those who refuse to be under God’s control. So don’t take part in it along with them. At One time you lived in darkness, but now you live in the light of God: so walk as children of light, because the fruit of the Spirit lives in everything right, and good, and true; And proves what is acceptable to God.

      [11-21] So don’t have anything to do with the useless actions of darkness, but instead expose them for what they are. It’s a shame even to speak of what’s done by them in secret, but everything that is disapproved of is made clear when it’s brought to light and whatever makes it clear is light. This is why God said, awake, you who are sleeping, and come to life from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See then, that you walk carefully, not as thoughtless people do, but as wise Ones, using your time wisely, because the days are evil. So don’t be unwise, but understand what God wants you to do. And don’t be getting drunk on alcohol, which is excessive; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in sayings and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to God; Always giving thanks to the God we are from for everything in the Name of our Christ Yeshua; accepting one another out of respect for God.

      [22-33] Wives, accept the leadership of your husbands, as you would accept God’s leadership, because the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church: and the savior of the body. So just as the church is responsible to Christ, so you wives should be responsible to your own husbands in everything. But you husbands, be sure to love your wives just as Christ also loved the church, and unselfishly died for it; In order to set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, and in order to present it to Christ’s own self an amazing church, not having any fault, or blame, or any such thing; but that it would be holy and without a flaw. So you people should love your wives as your own bodies. Whoever loves their wife loves themselves. No one has ever hated their own body; but they take good care of it and value it, just as God does the church: We’re all members of the Christ’s body, and of the Christ’s bones. Because of this a man will leave his parents, and will be joined to his wife, and the two of them will be as One body. This is a great secret: but I am speaking about Christ and the church. But in the same way let everyone of you in particular love your own wife just as you love yourself; and the wife should see that she shows respect for her husband.

    6 [1-9] Children, accept what your parents say, who are in God, because this is right. Show respect for your parents; (which is the first word with a promise;) so that things will go well with you, and you can live a long life here on the earth. And you parents, don’t make your children angry: but bring them up right, teaching and warning them about God. Workers, be acceptable to those who are your overseers in the physical body, with fear and trembling, in Oneness of your heart, as if you worked for Christ; Not just when they see you, as people-pleasers; but as the workers of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Doing service with good will, as to God, and not only to others: Knowing that whatever good thing anyone does, they’ll get the same of God, whether they’re workers or self-employed. And you who are overseers, do the same things to them, not threatening them: knowing that your Overseer is also in heaven; And there is no favor toward anyone with the Christ.

     [10-20] Finally, my Christians, be strong in God, and in the power of God’s strength. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you’ll be able to stand against the lies of the evil spirit. We don’t struggle against human beings, but against spiritual realms, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual evil in high places. So take the whole armor of God, so that you can be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all you can, to keep standing. So stand, putting around your waist the belt of truth, and having on the protective covering of goodness; And prepare your feet to march with the New Word of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, so that you’ll be able to stop all the burning arrows of the devil. And take as your helmet the fact of being saved, and the sharp blade of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all your prayers and requests in the Spirit. Keep on watching, praying for all the Christians, and for me, that words will be given to me, so that I can speak without fear, to make known the secret of the New Word, for which I am locked up as a spokesperson: that I can speak without fear in it, as I should.

     [21-24] But so that you also can know my affairs, and how I am doing, Tychicus, a dear loved one, a Christian and faithful minister in God, will make everything known to you: Whom I’ve sent to you for that purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he will comfort your hearts. Peace be to all the Christians, and love with faith, from the God who we are from and Yeshua the Christ. May God’s grace be with all those who love our Christ, Yeshua in truth. So be it!

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