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The Epistle of St Paul the Apostle
to the Ephesians
The 1st Chapter
Paul an apostle of *Jesu Christ, by the will of God. Jesu: Hebrew for Jesus
To the saints, which are at Ephesus, and to them which believe on Jesus Christ.
Grace be with you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which has blessed us with all manner of spiritual blessings in heavenly things by Christ, according as he had chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world was laid, that we should be saints, and without blame before him, through love. And ordained us before through Jesus Christ to be heirs unto him self, according to the pleasure of his will to the praise of the glory of his grace where with he has made us accepted in the beloved.
By whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, which grace he shed on us abundantly in all wisdom, and purdence (care). And has opened unto us the mystery of his will according to his pleasure, and purposed the same in him self, to have it declared when the time were full come, that all things, both the things which are in heaven, and also the things which are in earth, should be gathered together, even in Christ: that is to say, in him in whom we are made heirs, and were thereto *predestinate according to the purpose of him which works all things after the purpose of his own will: that we which before believed in Christ should be unto the praise of his glory. * predestinate: to have determined before or in advance.
In whom also you (after that you heard the word of truth, I mean the Gospell of your salvation, wherein you believed) were sealed with the holy spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, to redeem the purchased possession, and that unto the laud (praise, honor) of his glory.
Wherefore even I (after that I heard of the faith which you have in the Lord Jesu, and love unto all the saints) cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the father of glory, might give unto you the spirit of wisdom, and open to you the knowledge of himself, and lighten the eyes of your minds that you might know what that hope is, where unto he has called you, and what the riches of his glorious inheritance is upon the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward which believe according to the working of that his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him on his right hand in heavenly things, above all rule, power, and might and domination, and above all names that are named, not in this world only, but also in the world to come: and has put all things under his feet, and has made him above all things, the head of the congregation which is his body and the fullness of him that fills all in all things.
The 2nd Chapter
And you has he quickened also that were dead in trespass and sin, in the which in time past you walked, according to the course of this world, and after the governor that rules in the air, the spirit that now works in the children of unbelief, among which we also had our conversation in time past, in the lusts of our flesh, and fulfilled the will of the flesh and of the mind: and were naturally the children of wrath, even as well as other (others).
But God which is rich in mercy through his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead by sin, has quickened us together in Christ (for by grace are you saved) and has raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly things through Christ Jesus, for to show in times to come the exceeding riches of his grace, in kindness to us ward in Christ *Jesu. For by grace are you made safe through faith, and that not of yourselves. For it is the gift of God, and comes not of works, least any man should boast himself. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesu unto good works, unto the which God ordained us before, that we should walk in them. Jesu: Hebrew for Jesus
Wherefore remember that you being in time past gentiles in the flesh, and were called uncircumcision to them which are called circumcision in the flesh, which circumcision is made by hands: Remember I say, that you were at that time without Christ, and were reputed aliens from the common wealth of Israel, and were strangers from the testaments of promise, and had no hope, and were without God in this world. But now in Christ Jesu, you which a while ago were far off, are made near by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, which has made of both one, and has broken down the wall that was a stop between us, and has also put away through his flesh, the cause of hatred, that is to say, the law of commandments contained in the law written, for to make of twain (two) one new man in himself, so making peace: and to reconcile both unto God in one body through his cross, and slew hatred thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have an open way in, in one spirit unto the father.
Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners: but citizens with the saints, and of the household of God: and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the head corner stone, in whom every building coupled together, grows unto an holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are built together, and made an habitation for God in the spirit.
The 3rd Chapter
For this cause I Paul am in the bonds of Jesus Christ for your sakes which are heathen: If you have heard of the ministration of the grace of God which is given me to you ward. For by revelation showed he this mystery unto me, as I wrote above in few words, whereby when you read, you may know mine understanding in the mystery of Christ, which mystery in times past was not opened unto the sons of men, as it is now declared unto his holy Apostles and Prophets by the spirit: that the Gentiles should be inheritors also, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise that is in Christ, by the means of the Gospell, whereof I am made a minister, by the gift of the grace of God given unto me through the working of his power.
Unto me the least of all saints is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what the fellowship of the mystery is, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God which made all things through Jesus Christ, to the intent, that now unto the rulers and powers in heaven might be known by the congregation, the many fold wisdom of God, according to that eternal purpose, which he purposed in Christ Jesu our Lord, by whom we are bold to draw near in that trust, which we have by faith on him. Wherefore I desire that you faint not because of my tribulations for your sakes: which is your praise.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is father over all that is called father in heaven and in earth, that he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that you being rooted and grounded in love, might be able to comprehend with all saints, what is that breadth and length, depth and height: and to know what is the love of Christ, which love passes knowledge: that you might be fulfilled with all manner of fullness which comes of God.
Unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us be praise in the congregation by Jesus Christ, throughout all generations from time to time. Amen.
The 4th Chapter
I therefore which am in bonds for the Lords sake, exhort you, that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called, in all humbleness of mind, and meekness, and long suffering, forbearing one another through love, and that you be diligent to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, being one body, and one spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling. Let there be but one Lord, one faith, one baptism: one God and father of all, which is above all through all, and in you all.
Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he says: He is gone up on high, and has led captivity captive, and has given gifts unto men. That he ascended: what means it, but that he also descended first into the lowest parts of the earth? He that descended, is even the same also that ascended up, even above all heavens, to fulfil all things.
And the very same made some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Shepherds, some Teachers: that the saints might have all things necessary to work and minister with all, to the edifying of the body of Christ, till we every one (in the unity of faith, and knowledge of the son of God) grow up unto a perfect man, after the measure of age of the fullness of Christ. That we from this time on be no more children, wavering and carried with every wind of doctrine, by the wiliness (deception) of men and craftiness, whereby they lay wait for us to deceive us. But let us follow the truth in love, and in all things grow in him which is the head, that is to say Christ, in whom all the body is coupled and knit together in every joint wherewith one ministers to another (according to the operation as every part has his measure) and increases the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.
This I say therefore and testify in the Lord, that you from this time walk not as other Gentiles walk, in vanity of their mind, blinded in their understanding, being strangers from the life which is in God through the ignorancy that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts, which being past repentance, have given themselves unto wantonness, to work all manner of uncleanness, even with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if so be you have heard of him and are taught in him, even as the truth is in Jesu. So then as concerning the conversation in time past, lay from you that old man, which is corrupt through the deceivable lusts, and be you renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on that new man, which after the image of God is shapen in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore put away lying, and speak every man truth unto his neighbor, for as much as we are members one of another.
Be angry but sin not: let not the *son go down upon your wrath, neither give place unto the backbiter. Let him that stole, steal no more, but let him rather labour with his hands some good thing, that he may have to give unto him that needs. *son ; note son here is exactly as recorded from the Original and is no error. RN
Let no filthy communication proceed out of your mouths: but that which is good to edify with all, when need is: that it may have favour with the hearers. And grieve not the holy spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, fierceness and wrath, roaring and cursed speaking, be put away from you, with all maliciousness. Be you courteous one to another, and merciful, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs sake forgave you.
The 5th Chapter
Be you followers of God as dear children, and walk in love even as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet savour to God. So that fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness be not once named among you as it becomes saints: neither filthiness, neither foolish talking, neither jestings which are not comely (worthy): but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no whoremonger, either unclean person, or covetous person, which is the worshipper of images, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words. For through such things comes the wrath of God upon the children of unbelief. Be not therefore companions with them. you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light. For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth. Accept that which is pleasing to the Lord: and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness: but rather rebuke them. For it is shame even to name those things which are done of them in secret: but all things, when they are rebuked of the light, are manifest. For whatsoever is manifest, that same is light. Wherefore he says: awake you that sleep, and stand up from death, and Christ shall give you light.
Take heed therefore that you walk circumspectly (full of care): not as fools: but as wise redeeming the time: for the days are evil. Wherefore, be you not unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is, and be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess: but be fulfilled with the spirit, speaking unto your selves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks all ways for all things unto God the father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Women submit your selves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the wifes head even as Christ is the head of the congregation, and the same is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the congregation is in subjection to Christ, likewise let the wives be in subjection to their husbands in all things. Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the congregation, and gave himself for it, to sanctify it, and cleansed it in the fountain of water through the word, to make it unto himself, a glorious congregation without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it should be holy and without blame. So ought men to love their wives, as their own bodies. He that loves his wife, loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh: but nourishes and cherishes it even as the Lord does the congregation. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall continue with his wife, and two shall be made one flesh. This is a great secret, but I speak between Christ and the congregation. Nevertheless do you so that every one of you love his wife truly even as himself. And let the wife see that she fear her husband.
The 6th Chapter
Children obey your fathers and mothers in the Lord: for so is it right. Honour your father and mother, that is the first commandment that has any promise, that you may be in good estate, and live long on the earth. And you fathers move not your children to wrath: but bring them up with the nurture and information of the Lord. Servants be obedient unto your carnal masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your hearts, as unto Christ: not with service in the eye sight, as men pleasers: but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart with good will serving the Lord, and not men. And remember that whatsoever good thing any man does that shall he receive again of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And you masters, do even the same things unto them, putting away threatenings: and remember that even your master also is in heaven, neither is there any respect of person with him.
Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the armour of God, that you may stand steadfast against the crafty assaults of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood: but against rule, against power, and against worldly rulers of the darkness of this world against spiritual wickedness, for heavenly things.
For this cause take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand perfect in all things.
Stand therefore, and your loins girt about with verity, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and shod with shoes prepared by the Gospell of peace. Above all take to you the shield of faith, wherewith you may quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. And pray always with all manner prayer and supplication: and that in the spirit: and watch thereunto with all instance and supplication for all saints and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to utter the secrets of the Gospell, whereof I am a messenger in bonds, that therein I may speak freely, as it becomes me to speak.
But that you may also know that condition I am in and what I do, Tichicus my dear brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall show you of all things, whom I sent unto you for the same purpose, that you might know what case I stand in, and that he might comfort your hearts.
Peace be with the brethren, and love with faith, from God the father and from the Lord Jesu Christ. Grace be with all them which love our Lord Jesus Christ in pureness. Amen.
Here ends the Epistle of saint Paul unto the Ephesians Sent from Rome unto the Ephesians by Tychicus
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