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Ephesians 1

1 Paul apostle of Christ Jesus through [the] will of God to the holy [ones who] are in Ephesus and to the believers in Christ Jesus, 2 grace to you and peace from God our father and [from our] Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed [is] the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the [one] having blessed us in every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ, 4 just as he chose us in him before [the] foundation of [the] world, [that] we be holy and blameless before him, in agape-love 5 having predestined us into sonship through Christ Jesus to him, according to the good-pleasure of his will, 6 to [the] praise of [the] glory of his grace, of which he has graced us in the [one] agape-loved, 7 in which we have the redemption through his blood, the release from transgressions, according to the wealth of his grace, 8 of which he has abounded to us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good-pleasure, which he purposed in him, 10 to the arrangement of the fullness of the opportune-times1 (), [for] everything to be summed up in Christ, the [things] in the heavens and the [things] upon the earth; 11 in whom we have inherited, having been predestined according to the plan of the [one] having worked everything according to the intention of his will, 12 that we be for [the] praise of his glory, who hoped beforehand in the Christ; 13 in whom you also [hoped], having heard the word of truth, the good-news [of your] salvation, in which having believed you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the down-payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the [purchased] possession, for [the] praise of his glory. 15 Because of this I also, having heard [of your] belief in the Lord Jesus and [your] agape-love to all the holy [ones], 16 do not cease giving thanks concerning you, doing remembrance [of you] in my prayers, 17 in order that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, might give to you [the] spirit of wisdom and revelation in his knowledge2, 18 having enlightened the eyes of our hearts, that you know what is the hope [of your] calling, what [is] the wealth of the glory of his inheritance in the holy [ones], 19 and what [is] the surpassing greatness of his ability to you who believe according to the working of the might of his strength, 20 which he worked in the Christ, having raised him from the dead, and having set [him] at his right [hand] in the heavenlies, 21 above every principality and authority and ability and Lordship and every name being named not only in this eternity but in the [one] [about] to be; 22 and he subjected everything under his feet, and gave him [to be the] head over all the assembly3 , 23 which is his body, the fullness of the [one] filling everything in everything.

1KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

2or "[the] knowledge of him"

3EKKLESIA (εκκλησια) from "called out". Appears 114 times in the N.T., but only in two places in the Gospels ( Matt.16:18 (twice) and Matt.18:17 (twice)). It's worth noting that when Jesus uses the term EKKLESIA, Christian community as we know it didn't yet exist—there were only the disciples. EKKLESIA is apparently different from 'synagogue' (SYNAGOGE (συναγωγη) which occurs 56 times in the N.T.) EKKLESIA is used in secular Greek literature of a popular assembly 'called to assemble', and also of those 'called' to a cult. EKKLESIA is used frequently in the N.T. outside of the Gospels to refer to Christian communities, but in Acts.7:38 it is used of the people of Israel led through the desert by Moses, and in Acts.19:32 ff. of a secular assembly. Thus, all told, the common translation of EKKLESIA as 'church' doesn't really reflect 1st century usage—it seems to mean more like 'a group of people assembled for some specific purpose'.