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EXTRACT FROM A LETTER
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus, through God’s will, to those saints who are in Ephesus, even to believers in Christ Jesus—favor to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies by Christ, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we might be holy and blameless in his presence; having in love, previously marked us out for sonship through Christ Jesus for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will to the praise of his glorious beneficence, with which he graciously favored us in the beloved One. By whom, through his blood, we possess the redemption—the forgiveness of offences—according to the opulence of his favor, which he caused to overflow towards us, in all wisdom and intelligence, having made known to us the secret of his will, according to his own benevolent design which he previously purposed in Himself in regard to, an administration of the fullness of the appointed times, to re-unite all things under one head, even under the Anointed One;—the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth—under him; by whom also we obtained an inheritance, having been previously marked out according to a design of him who is operating all things agreeably to the counsel of his own will; in order that we might be for a praise of his glory—we who had a prior hope in the Anointed One.”—Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (Chap. 1:1-12, Diaglott)
— May, 1882 —
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