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1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. 15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

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1 Sarah R = "We read about Paul's work in Ephesus in Acts 19 and 20. Ephesus was a port city and the capital of the Roman province of Asia. It was a large, diverse city, known for the worship of the goddess Diana and for occult practices."
2 Cary W = "This is  one of the most encouraging and promising verses in scripture, for it reveals the immensity of the blessings we all have received in Christ.... blessed with all spiritual blessings, made holy and blameless before God in love, and adopted into the family of God and heritage of Christ.  Wow!"
3 Deena E = ""all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ"In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus leaves His followers with what is known as the Great Commission. In v.18 Jesus says, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." In Acts 1:8, again references His power and says, "ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me..."God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all work as one. If all power was given to Jesus in heaven and in earth and He leaves us with the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, then believers are sufficient in ALL things as Christ is. The power of the Holy Spirit supplies all spiritual blessings."
4 Cary W = "God has indeed purposed to gather all things in one all things in Christ.... ALL THINGS!  That pretty much means everything, and is why we can confidently rejoice in all things and count all things joy!"
5 Cary W = "We have inherited, in Christ, the entire will and purposes of God, able to now trust that all things will be worked out according to His perfect will."
6 Cary W = "Meditation upon the promise that once we believe we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise brings great faith and encouragment as we walk in a yet still fallen world."
7 Sarah Mangum = "This is the second reading for the Ascension of the Lord in the Protestant Revised Common Lectionary."
8 Cary W = "We search the scriptures to have more life and spiritual understanding, but true understanding of life comes by revelation and wisdom in the knowledge of God Himself.  When He opens our eyes to His great hope and love, it lifts our heart to heaven and lightens our gaze and countenance with the very light of Christ."
9 Sarah Mangum = "This is the second reading for the Ascension of the Lord in the Catholic Lectionary for Mass."
10 Cary W = "Jesus gives each of us, as members of His own body, authority over all things in creation, because He now fills all things in heaven and Earth, all things being washed and made new through Him."