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In a time when God’s people can’t gather in person, it’s vital to remember that church is so much more than a building, pastor, or program. We are God’s design from beginning to end; our heritage and our future is glorious!
Ephesaians 1:3-10 / New International Version (NIV)
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[c] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
[a] Or sight in love. 5 He
[b] The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
[c] Or us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he