Ephesians

Written to the congregation in Ephesus, Asia Minor for the Apostle Paul (possibly by TychiKos and possibly in Aramaic) sometime around 62-CE.

Chapter 1

1 Paul, an Apostle of the Anointed Jesus (by the Will of God), to the Holy Ones in Ephesus… those faithful ones in the Anointed Jesus; 2 May you receive loving care and peace from God (our Father) and the Lord Jesus, the Anointed. 3 Yes, may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One be praised, for He has blest us with every blessing of his Breath in the heavens, through the Anointed One, 4 and He chose us to be in him before the system of things came to be, so we could become holy and unblemished before Him in love. 5 For He envisioned us as adopted sons through Jesus the Anointed One, as it pleases His Will, 6 in praise of the glory of the loving care that [is shown by] the one through whom He shows His favor upon us… this one whom He loves. 7 It’s through this one and his blood that our ransom has been paid, and it’s through the richness of his loving care that our sins can be forgiven, 8 [providing us with] a great abundance of wisdom and good sense. 9 For He has allowed us to understand the mystery of His Will, according to His pleasure and which He purposed in Himself 10 for the management of His house at the appointed time, when He intends to bring everything in heaven and earth under the headship of the Anointed One.

11 So, it is through [Jesus] that we have obtained the inheritance that was predetermined through [God's] purpose for him… this one through whom all things are accomplished according to [God's] council and Will, 12 so that those who were the first to put faith in the Anointed One might give praise to his glory. 13 [For he's the one] through whom you heard the words of truth (the good news about your salvation), in whom you put faith, and who has sealed you with the promised Holy Breath, 14 which is the guarantee that he inherited us through the ransom that he paid to purchase us for his glory and praise.

15 And this is why, when I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the Holy Ones, 16 I haven’t stopped giving thanks for you. Yes, I keep mentioning you in my prayers and 17 asking the God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One (the glorious Father) to give you the spirit of wisdom and to reveal to you an accurate knowledge of Him, 18 so that the eyes of your hearts will be enlightened and you can know the glorious richness of the hope for which He has called you, and which He holds as an inheritance for the Holy Ones.

19 O how great His power is toward those of us who are believers, as it operates through the mightiness 20 that He demonstrated in the case of the Anointed One, when He raised him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavens, 21 far above every government, authority, power, lordship, and above every name that has been given not only in this age, but also in the one that is to come, 22 when He'll put everything under his feet and make him the head over everything to the called ones… 23 those who are his body, his fullness, and the completeness [with which he is] filled.

Chapter 2

1 For you have died to the ways of sin and error 2 in which you once walked (the ways of this world), when you used to follow the ruler of the power of the air… the spirit that now operates in the sons of disobedience, 3 which is the way we were all once headed as we followed our human desires and did whatever our bodies wanted. Yes, because of the cravings that we once had, we were like everyone else… the natural children of [God’s] wrath. 4 But due to the love that He has for us, God (who is so rich in mercy) 5 made us alive in the Anointed One while we were still dead in our failings. So it's by His loving kindness that we've been saved 6 and raised together, then seated together in the heavens in the Anointed Jesus, 7 so that in ages to come, [God] can show the tremendous richness of His loving care, by the kindness that He's shown upon us through the Anointed Jesus.

8 Yes, it’s because of [His] loving care that you’ve been saved by a faith that didn’t come from within yourselves, but as a gift from God! 9 Yet it didn't come from anything that you’ve done, so you could boast. 10 Rather, we are His workmanship… we were created in the Anointed Jesus to do the good things that have been set out by God as the ways in which we should walk.

11 Remember that though you were once gentiles in the flesh and were called the uncircumcised by those who were circumcised by hand in the flesh 12 and were without the Anointed One (aliens to the citizens of IsraEl and strangers to the Sacred Agreement of the promise… you were godless and without any hope in this world), 13 now (through the Anointed Jesus) you who were once far away have come to be near through the blood of the Anointed One.

14 So, he is our peace; for he made the two ([Jews and Gentiles]) one by breaking down the wall that fenced them off from each other. 15 Through his flesh, he destroyed the hatred [that was brought about by] the Law of Commandments and rules, so that through himself he could take the two and create a new man, to bring about this peace. 16 Therefore, he brought both [types of] people back to God as one body through the impaling pole, using himself to destroy the hatred between them! 17 For when he came, he proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and to those who were nearby, 18 so that through him they can all access the Father in [the same] spirit.

19 As the result, you are no longer strangers and aliens; you are fellow citizens among the Holy Ones and fellow members of the House of God! 20 You’ve been built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, whose cornerstone is the Anointed Jesus himself! 21 And through him, the whole building is being fitted together and growing into a Most Holy Place… yes, in the Lord, 22 you are being built into a place for The God to dwell in Spirit.

Chapter 3

1 I give thanks that I (Paul) am a slave of the Anointed Jesus on your behalf… yes for you, the people of the nations. 2 Perhaps you’ve heard about the responsibility that I (by the loving care of God) was given concerning you, 3 and of how this mystery was revealed to me (about which I wrote to you briefly in the past). 4 So as you read on, hopefully you can grasp [how well] I understand the mystery of the Anointed One.

5 [Though this mystery] wasn’t revealed to past generations of the sons of men, it has now been revealed through his holy Apostles and Prophets by means of [God’s] Breath… 6 that gentiles will also be fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise (in the Anointed Jesus), through the Good News. 7 And I became a servant of this through the gift that was given to me by the loving care of God, and in harmony with His Power.

8 This loving care was revealed to me (a man who is less than the least of all the Holy Ones), so that I should preach the good news about the unimaginable richness of the Anointed One to the gentiles, 9 and to shine a light on how this mystery that was hidden away through the ages in God (who created all things) works out, 10 so that governments and heavenly powers might learn about the vast wisdom of The God through His called ones, 11 which has been His age-long purpose through the Anointed Jesus, our Lord. 12 And it’s through our confidence and faith in him that we have been given this direction and this freedom to speak.

13 It’s also because of this that I’m asking you not to grow tired of the concern that I have for you, because it glorifies you. 14 For it’s over this that I thankfully bend my knees to the Father 15 (out of whom all lines in heaven and on earth get their paternal names) 16 to [ask Him to] grant you (by the richness of His glory) the power to become strong in His Spirit and to make the person that you are on the inside 17 alive in the Anointed One through the faith in your hearts, along with love, and to give you sufficient roots and foundation 18 to be able to understand (along with the rest of the Holy Ones) the width, the length, the height, and the depth… 19 to know the love of the Anointed One (which is more than you can comprehend) and to fill you with all the fullness that can only come from God.

20 Now, to the One who (through His power that operates in us) can do far more than anything we can ask or even conceive; 21 may He be glorified by the called ones and by the Anointed Jesus into all generations through ages of agesmay it be so!

Chapter 4

1 So as a prisoner in the Lord, I am urging you to be sure that you're worthy of the calling that you've received 2 in all humility, gentleness, and patience, while you lovingly put up with each other. 3 Try hard to recognize the unifying force of [God’s] Breath and its power to bring you together in peace. 4 For there’s just one body and one Spirit, according to the one hope to which you were called (when you were called)… 5 there’s just one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father of everyone, who is over all, through all, and in all.

7 Now, the amount of loving care that was shown to each of us depends upon how much of the Gift that the Anointed One measured out to us. 8 For He says:
‘To the highest places, He has stepped up,
And carried captivity as a captive …
Then, he gave gifts to the people.’

9 Now, when it says ‘he stepped up,’ this also means that he first stepped down to the lower places… to the earth. 10 So the one who stepped down also stepped back up – high above the skies – so he could bring everything to a completion. 11 Then he gave some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be messengers of the Good News, and some to be shepherds and teachers, 12 in order to prepare the Holy Ones for the work of serving and strengthening the body of the Anointed One 13 until we all become one in the faith and gain a full knowledge of the Son of God to the point where it’s a complete man who fully measures up to the stature of the Anointed One… 14 so we won’t be babies anymore, being tossed up and back by waves and being blown about by every spirit of the treacherous teachings of people who will use any means to do whatever is wrong.

15 So, while holding onto the truth (and in love), let’s grow up in every way into this one who is the head… the Anointed One. 16 For he brings the body together… he assembles its parts and makes all the connections so as to supply each part with what it needs (depending on its function), that the whole body will grow and strengthen itself in love.

17 I tell you this and testify to it in the Lord: You must not continue in the path that the nations are following, because their thoughts are worthless, 18 their minds have been darkened to any understanding, and they are aliens to a Godly life because of their ignorance and [their] dull hearts. 19 For, since it no longer brings them any pain, they’ve given themselves over to living wasted lives and they're greedily doing filthy things.

20 However, that isn’t what you’ve learned to be true of the Anointed One 21 (if you for a fact did hear about him and were taught about him); because, truth comes through Jesus. 22 So, get rid of those old ways that are being corrupted by the enticements that come from desires, 23 and renew the spirit of your minds! 24 Then put on the new person… [the one] that is created by God’s Will in the righteousness and loyalty of the truth. 25 Also, get rid of lying… you must always tell your neighbors the truth, because we’re all fellow body parts of each other!

26 [Yes, you can] get irritated, but don’t sin… don’t let the sun set on the reasons for your irritation, 27 nor should you allow any room for the Slanderer. 28 And if you're a thief; you shouldn’t steal anymore. Rather, you should work hard and do good things with your hands, so you'll have something to share with the needy. 29 Nor should you allow any foul words to come out of your mouths. Rather, use good words that are upbuilding (as they are needed) to show that you care about everyone who listens to you.

30 Don’t impede the Holy Breath of The God that you were sealed with on the Day that your ransom was paid! 31 Rather, get rid of all the bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and slandering, along with everything [else] that is bad, 32 and be kind to each other… be sympathetic and graciously forgive each other, as God (through the Anointed One) has graciously forgiven you.

Chapter 5

1 Become imitators of God as His beloved children, 2 and keep on walking in love, in the same way that the Anointed One loved you and gave himself up for you as an offering and a sweet-smelling sacrifice to The God.

3 Don’t allow sexual immorality or any type of uncleanness or greediness to be even mentioned among you, as would be expected of holy people. 4 Nor [should you share in] shameful conduct, foolishness, or dirty jokes (which are all unbecoming), but rather, in the giving of thanks. 5 [For it's easy] to recognize those who are immoral, unclean, and greedy (which really amounts to being idol worshipers), and you know that they won’t receive an inheritance in the Kingdom of the Anointed One and of The God.

6 So, don’t allow anyone to seduce you into using empty words. For it’s because of things like this that the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore, don’t go along with them; 8 because, although you were once dark, you are now light in the Lord. So keep walking as children of the light! 9 For the fruitage of light is every sort of goodness, righteousness, and truth… 10 things that prove to be pleasing to the Lord. 11 Don’t share in the unproductive deeds of darkness. Rather, speak out against them!

12 It’s shameful to talk about things that are only done in private, 13 because everything that the light speaks against is being exposed, since the light shines on everything. 14 And this is why He said, ‘Wake up, you who are sleeping, and lift yourselves from among the dead… then the Anointed One will shine upon you.’ 15 So you must pay close attention to the ways that you’re walking… that it’s not like those who are foolish, but as those who are wise. 16 You must [set aside] time for yourselves [to do such things], because these are wicked days. 17 Don’t be foolish, but start learning what the Lord’s Will for us is. 18 And don’t be getting drunk on wine, which leads down an unsavory path. Rather, fill yourselves with the Breath [of God], 19 and speak to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs… sing and create music in your hearts to Jehovah 20 in the name of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. Yes, always give thanks to our God and Father for everything!

21 You should also submit to each other as though you are fearing the Anointed One. 22 Women should submit to their men as they would to the Lord, 23 because a man is the head of his woman as the Anointed One is the head of the congregation and the savior of that body. 24 So, just as the congregation submits to the Anointed One; that's how women should [submit] to their men in everything.

25 Men; love your women as the Anointed One loved the congregation and gave himself up 26 to make it holy. He washed it in a bath of water (so to speak), 27 in order to present a glorious gathering to himself that doesn’t have any spots, wrinkles, or any such things, but which is holy and without any blemishes. 28 Yes, that’s how the men should love their women… as their own bodies. So the man who loves his woman is really showing love for himself… 29 and nobody ever hates his own flesh. Rather, they feed it and take pride in it, just as the Anointed One does the congregation.

30 Likewise, we’ve become parts of [Jesus'] body… of his very flesh and his bones! 31 [And as the scriptures says]: ‘A man will leave his father and mother and stick with his woman, and the two will become one flesh.’

32 Now, this is a great mystery, because I’m comparing [the relationship between men and their women] to the Anointed One and [his love for] the congregation! 33 But, this is how each man should love his woman… as he does himself. And women should have a [Godly] fear of their men.

Chapter 6

1 Children; Obey your parents in the Lord, because this is righteous. 2 Honor your father and mother, for this is the first Commandment that came with a promise… 3 ‘so that things will go well for you and you can live a long time on the earth.’

4 Fathers; Don’t frustrate your children, but bring them up in discipline and the council of the Lord.

5 Slaves; Be obedient to those who are your fleshly masters with [Godly] fear and sincere hearts, as you would to the Anointed One. 6 Don’t just put on a good show to please men; but as slaves of the Anointed One, do the will of God whole souled. 7 Be willing slaves as to the Lord (not of men), 8 because you know that whatever good you do will be rewarded by the Lord, whether you're a slave or a free man.

9 Masters; Keep on doing the same for [your slaves]… and don’t be threatening them, because you know that there's a Master who's over both them and you in the heavens, and He doesn’t recognize any difference [between you].

10 Finally, become powerful in the mightiness and strength of the Lord. 11 Put on the complete suit of armor of The God, so you can resist the methods of the Slanderer. 12 For our fight isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the governments, the authorities, the mighty ones of this worldly darkness, and against the unseen wicked powers in the heavens. 13 So because of this, take up the complete armor of God in order to fight in that wicked day and still be found standing.

14 Yes, stand firm with your hips wrapped in the truth and wearing the breastplate of righteousness. 15 Wrap your feet and prepare them with the good news of peace. 16 And above all else, pick up the large shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked one. 17 Also, accept the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit… the things that are spoken by God.

18 Keep on praying and begging [God] about everything in Spirit throughout each season. Be aware of this and never stop petitioning [God] on behalf of all the Holy Ones. 19 And [pray] for me also… that the words may be given to me to open my mouth and speak freely so as to make the mystery of the good news known. 20 For that’s why I’m now an ambassador in chains… so that I can speak out boldly about these things and to say the things that I’m supposed to say.

21 Now, so you can know how I’m getting along and what I’m doing; TychiKos (a beloved brother and faithful servant of the Lord) will explain everything to you. 22 This is why I’m sending him to you… to let you know what’s happening to us and to comfort your hearts.

23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus the Anointed One. 24 May all those who have an uncorrupted love for our Lord Jesus the Anointed One receive [His] loving care.

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