Ephesians for Men

Paul's Letter to and to the Ephesians
Chapter 1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to and to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2Grace to and peace from God, 's Father and his Lord, Jesus Christ.

3Blessed be the God and Father of 's Lord, Jesus Christ, who has blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ; 4even as He chose in Him before the foundation of the world, that would be holy and without blemish before Him in love; 5having predestined for adoption as a son through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His desire, 6to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He freely bestowed favor on in the Beloved. 7In Him has his redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of 's trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, 8which He made to abound toward in all wisdom and prudence, 9making known to the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in 10to an administration of the fullness of the times, to unite all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in Him. 11In Him also was assigned an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His will; 12in order that should be to the praise of His glory, because he had before hoped in Christ. 13In Him , having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of his salvation, in whom, having believed, was sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14who is a pledge of 's inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory. 15For this cause I also, having heard of 's faith in the Lord Jesus, and the love which has toward all the saints, 16don't cease to give thanks for him, making mention of him in my prayers, 17that the God of 's Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; 18having the eyes of his heart enlightened, that may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward because he believes, according to the working of the strength of His might 20which He worked in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and made Him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. 22He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.

Chapter 2

was made alive when he was dead in his trespasses and sins, 2in which once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience; 3among whom once lived in the lust of his flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and was by nature a son of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved , 5even when he was dead in his trespasses, made him alive together with Christ (by grace has been saved), 6and raised up with Him, and made to sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace has been saved through faith, and that not of himself; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, so that cannot boast. 10For is His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that should walk in them.

Therefore remember, once was a Gentile in the flesh, called "uncircumcision" by those who are called "circumcision," (made in the flesh by hands); 12that he was at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and a stranger from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus, , though he was once far off, is made near in the blood of Christ. 14For He is 's peace, who made both Gentile and Jew one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, 15having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments and ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, making peace; 16and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, having thereby ended the hostility. 17He came and preached peace to who was far off and to those who were near. 18For through Him has access by one Spirit to the Father. 19So then is no longer a stranger and sojourner, but is a fellow citizen with the saints, and of the household of God, 20being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone; 21in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom is built with others into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Chapter 3

For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of , 2if has heard of the administration of the grace of God which was given me for ; 3how by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote briefly before, 4by which, when reads, he can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ; 5which in other generations was not made known to the sons and daughters of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of His promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of God's grace which was given me by the working of His power. 8To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to make see what is the fellowship of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10to the intent that now through the church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places, 11according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus, 's Lord; 12in whom has boldness and confident access through his faith in Him. 13Therefore I ask that not lose heart at my troubles for him, which is his glory.

14For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of 's Lord, Jesus Christ, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that He would grant , according to the riches of His glory, that may be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inward man; 17that Christ may dwell in 's heart through faith; that he, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know Christ's love for him which surpasses knowledge, that may be filled to all the fullness of God. 20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that can ask or think, according to the power that works in , 21to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Chapter 4

I therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, beg to walk worthy of the calling with which he was called, 2with all lowliness and humility, with longsuffering, bearing with others in love; 3being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also was called in one hope of his calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of , who is over , and through , and in . 7But to was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8Therefore He says, "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men." 9Now this, "He ascended," what is it but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the same One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.

11He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of ministry, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that may no longer be a child, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 15but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him, who is the head, Christ; 16from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the effective working where each part does its share, causes growth of the body for the building of itself up in love.

17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that no longer walks as the rest of the Gentiles. They walk in the futility of their minds, 18their understanding being darkened, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts; 19who having become callous gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20But did not learn Christ that way; 21if indeed has heard Him, and has been taught by Him, as truth is in Jesus: 22that put away, as concerning his former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 23and that be renewed in the spirit of his mind, 24and put on the new man, that like God has been created in true righteousness and holiness.

25Therefore, is to put away falsehood and speak truth with his neighbor. For we are all members of one body. 26" , be angry, and don't sin." must not let the sun go down on his wrath, 27neither is he to give place to the devil. 28If has stolen, let him steal no more; but rather let him labor, working honestly with his hands, that may have something to give to him who has need. 29Let no corrupt speech proceed out of 's mouth, but such as is good for building up according to the needs of those who hear, that it may give them grace. 30 must not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom he was sealed to the day of redemption. 31 is to put away all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander with all malice. 32And is to be kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving others, just as God also in Christ forgave .

Chapter 5

Therefore, is to be an imitator of God, as a beloved son. 2 is to walk in love, even as Christ also loved , and gave Himself up for him, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance. 3But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned by , as is fitting among the saints; 4 should not be a part of filthiness, or foolish talking, or jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather thanksgiving.

5Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral man, nor unclean man, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

6Let no one deceive with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore must not be a partaker with them. 8For was once full of darkness, but he is now full of light in the Lord. is to walk as a son of light 9for the fruit of the Spirit is goodness, righteousness and truth, 10proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord. 11 should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather he should expose them. 12For the things which are done by them in secret, it is shameful even to speak of. 13But all things, when they are exposed, are revealed by the light, for everything that is revealed is light. 14Therefore He says, "Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

15Therefore, should watch carefully how he walks, not as unwise, but as wise; 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore must not be foolish, but he should understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 should not be drunk with wine, in which is an abandoned life, but is to be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to others in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and making melody in his heart to the Lord; 20 should always give thanks concerning all things in the name of 's Lord, Jesus Christ, to God, even the Father; 21subjecting himself to others in the fear of Christ.

22Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of his wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being Himself the Savior of the body. 24But as the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself up for her; 26that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present the church to Himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28Even so husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife, loves himself. 29For no man hates his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord does the church; 30because we are members of His body, of His flesh and bones. 31 "For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh." 32This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless, each man must love his own wife as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Chapter 6

is to obey his parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise: 3 "that it may be well with , and may live long on the earth." 4 , don't provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

5 is to be obedient to those who are his earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of his heart, as to Christ; 6not serving only when eyes are on him, as men-pleasers; but as a servant of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men; 8knowing that whatever good thing does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is bound or free.

9 is to do the same things to those who serve him, and give up threatening, knowing that He who is both their Master and 's is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

10Finally, is to be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 is to put on the whole armor of God that he may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For 's wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, should put on the whole armor of God, that he may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. 14 must stand therefore, having the belt of truth buckled around his waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having fitted his feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 17And must take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18with all prayer and supplications, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and supplications for all the saints: 19on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth and make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21But that you may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make known to you all things; 22whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts.

23Peace be to , and love with faith, from God, 's Father, and 's Lord, Jesus Christ. 24Grace be with who loves his Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. Amen

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