Ephesians


Chapter 1 (1 - 7)

From Paul, appointed to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Before the world was made, he chose us in Christ,
to live through love in his presence

He chose us, in Christ, to be his adopted children,
to make us praise the glory of his grace

This grace is his free gift to us in his Beloved Son,
through whose blood we gain our freedom
and the forgiveness of our sins

Father, thank you for upgrading me 
from human child to Divine Child!

 


Chapter 1 (9 - 13)

God the Father has let us know his sacred plan:
the whole show, everything in heaven and everything in earth,
is one big orchestra with Christ as the conductor

We Jews are special instruments in the orchestra.
We were chosen to put our hope in Christ before he came

And you non-Jews are also on the stage,
now that you have believed the truth of the Good News

All of us have been stamped with the Holy Spirit.
He's the composer whose music we are playing

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank you for the gift of life
and the gift of faith. Help me play well!

 


Chapter 1 (16 - 18)

I never fail to remember you in my prayers
and to thank God for you

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you more and more wisdom and knowledge
to see ever more clearly his great love for you

May he enlighten your mind to hope for the glorious life
he has prepared for us in heaven

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may I see you more clearly,
love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day

 


Chapter 1 (19 - 23)

God the Father raised Christ from death, and put him on the divine throne

Christ is the C.E.O. of  the universe, in charge of everything, from galaxies to governments. No one and nothing is exempt from his rule

At the center of everything is the church.
It is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts

Jesus, help me understand how the church is the heart of the world, pumping your life and love to all parts of the world

 


Chapter 2 (4 - 10)

God loved us so much, that when we were dead through our sins,
he brought us to life with Christ

We are God's work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live a life of goodness, as God originally intended us to live

Heavenly Father, help me live my life the way you want me to live it

 


Chapter 2 (11 - 14)

You non-Jews  were once without hope and without God

But now by the blood of Christ,
you who had nothing in common with us Jews,
have been united with us into one family

Christ is the peace between us.
He has broken down the barrier which used to keep us apart

Jesus,  break down barriers of misunderstanding 
which divide the peoples of the world

 


Chapter 2 (19 - 22)

In God's Church you are not foreigners. You are citizens

You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets
for its base. Christ Jesus himself is the foundation stone

You are being built into a house where God lives

Jesus, be the foundation stone of my life

 


Chapter 3 (14 - 21)

This is what I pray, kneeling before the Father from whom
every family, whether spiritual or natural, takes it name:

May he give you  power through his Spirit
for your hidden self to grow strong

May Christ live in your hearts through faith

Planted in love and built on love, may you continually focus
on the love of Christ, until your life is filled with that love

Glory be to him whose power  working in us,
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine

Glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church
 and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen

 


Chapter 4 (1 - 16)

I implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation

Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience

If we live by the truth and in love, we shall become more and more like Christ

We are parts of the Body of Christ. Christ is the head. Each part must do its bit to keep the Body healthy and growing in love

Jesus, help me understand how the Church is your Body

 


Chapter 4 (17 - 19)

Do not go back to living the aimless kind of life that many non-believers live

Intellectually they are in the dark, because they have shut the door on God's grace

They have a poor sense of right and wrong, and have abandoned themselves to reckless living

Jesus, help people who are confused about the meaning of life

 


Chapter 4 (22 - 32)

You must give up your old way of life.
You must put aside your old self and its delusions

Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution, so that you can follow a way of life based on goodness and truth

From now on, no more lies.
Delete anger from your mind at the end of each day

Anyone who was a thief must stop stealing. Try to find a decent job

Guard against foul talk.
Let your conversation encourage people, not drag them down

Avoid grudges. Don't lose your temper.
Don't raise your voice to anyone. Don't call people names

Be friends with one another, and kind,
forgiving one another as readily as God forgives us in Christ

Jesus, help me put these words into practice

 


Chapter 5 (1 -4)

Follow Christ by loving as he loved us

Among you there must be not even a mention of promiscuity or impurity in any of its forms

There must be no coarseness, or salacious talk and jokes
 - all this is wrong for you

Jesus, help me control my mind and my tongue

 


Chapter 5 (10 -20)

Try to discover what the Lord wants of you.
Have nothing to do with the futile works of darkness

Wake up from your sleep, rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you

Be very careful about the sort of life you live.
Follow your enlightened mind, not your unruly passions

Avoid drunkenness. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Sing prayer songs when you are together, and when you're by yourself, keep on singing to the Lord in your heart, always giving thanks to God

Jesus, make my heart sing right through the day

 


Chapter 5 (21 - 33)

In your families, treat each other as Christ wants you to:

Wives, in your husbands see Christ the head of the Church.
Husbands, love your wives as Christ loves the Church

When men and women get married, they become one body.
This sacred action helps us understand the relationship between Christ and the Church

Jesus, please help husbands and wives to love each other
the way you love the Church

 


Chapter 6 (1 - 9)

Children, be obedient to your parents.
Parents, never drive your children to resentment

Slaves, respect your employers.
Employers, treat your workers fairly

Jesus, please help me treat everyone with respect

 


Chapter 6 (10 -17)

To resist the Devil's tactics, put on God's armor:

- the belt of truth
- the breastplate of integrity
- the shoes of eagerness to spread 
  the Good News of peace
- the shield of faith
- the helmet of salvation
- the sword of God's word

Jesus, help me put on these six pieces of armor

 


Chapter 6 (18 - 24)

Pray all the time, asking for what you need.
Pray in the Spirit on every possible occasion.

Never tire of praying.
Pray for me that I may proclaim the Good News boldly

Grace and eternal life to everyone who loves our Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus, help me to put Paul's teaching into practice in my life