Ephesians 1.3-14

Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὁ εὐλογήσας ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ εὐλογίᾳ πνευματικῇ ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ, καθὼς ἐξελέξατο ἡμᾶς ἐν αὐτῷ πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου εἶναι ἡμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ ἐν ἀγάπῃ, προορίσας ἡμᾶς εἰς υἱοθεσίαν διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς αὐτόν, κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἧς ἐχαρίτωσεν ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ ἠγαπημένῳ. Ἐν ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ, τὴν ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων, κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἧς ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς ἡμᾶς, ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ φρονήσει, γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ ἣν προέθετο ἐν αὐτῷ εἰς οἰκονομίαν τοῦ πληρώματος τῶν καιρῶν, ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι τὰ πάντα ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ, τὰ ἐπὶ τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐν αὐτῷ. Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν προορισθέντες κατὰ πρόθεσιν τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐνεργοῦντος κατὰ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ. Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν, ἐν ᾧ καὶ πιστεύσαντες ἐσφραγίσθητε τῷ πνεύματι τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τῷ ἁγίῳ, ὅ ἐστιν ἀρραβὼν τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν, εἰς ἀπολύτρωσιν τῆς περιποιήσεως, εἰς ἔπαινον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ.

Barbara Aland, Kurt Aland, Matthew Black et al., The Greek New Testament, 4th ed., (Federal Republic of Germany: United Bible Societies, 1993, c1979), 503-4.

May honor be given to God, father of our Lord Jesus Christ because He has honored us with every spiritual honor in the heavens through Christ. He chose us in love through Christ before the founding of the earth to be holy and perfect in his presence, deciding ahead of time to adopt us as heirs through Jesus Christ for himself since it pleased him, so that we might praise him for  his glorious grace, grace that he has so freely shown to us through his beloved son.

It is in that son that we have received redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of sins, on the basis of his generous wealth, which God has given abundantly to us with all wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of his will since it pleased him, which he planned ahead of time regarding Christ aiming toward the orchestration of the perfect timing to unite all things together in Christ, both the things in heaven and those on earth in him.

It is in Christ that we were chosen in advanced according to the plan of the one who brings all things into conformity to his will. To that end, may we who were the first to place our hope in Christ praise him for his glorious grace.

And it is in Christ that you also who have heard and believed the message of truth, that wonderful proclamation of your salvation, have been identified with a seal as God’s own by the promised Holy Spirit. The Spirit is God’s down payment of our inheritance and that he has purchased us to be his people. May we praise his glorious grace!

4 thoughts on “Ephesians 1.3-14

  1. Man, don’t hit a guy with that much Greek so early in the morning! What a shock to the system.

    I like the use of honor. Blessing is such a slippery word.

    One question: Who is Chris? Tillng?

  2. Hmm yeah – I suppose I just default to thinking “blessed” when I read “eulogetos” – I like the use of “honoured”: It’s a much more normal word in English

  3. I am preaching through Eph 1:3-14, which after reading your blog, might be an exercise in folly. However, as I read your translation, i wondered where “in love” went at v.5, but then i found it attached to “he chose us”.

    I noted your article on the mess at v. 13. Do you suppose that can be explained as a sort of personal aside attached to the blessing form (berakah) that many commentators have noted.

    BTW, I have found Lincoln more or less unreadable with regard to the “forest” but helpful with regard to the “trees”.

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