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Selected Readings from

Ephesians

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 1:3
Ephesians 1:3 Let us give thanks to the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus
Blessed be the God and Father of Christ! For in our union with
Christ he has blessed us by
our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed giving us every spiritual
us with every spiritual blessing in blessing in the heavenly
world.
the heavenlies in Christ;

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 1:3
Praise the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ for the
spiritual blessings that Christ
has brought us from heaven!

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 1:6-7
Ephesians 1:6-7 Let us praise God for his
glorious grace, for the free
to the praise of the glory of His gift he gave us in his dear
Son! For by the blood of
grace, in which He has made us Christ we are set free, that is,
accepted in the One having been our sins are forgiven. How
great is the grace of God,
loved. In Him we have redemption
through His blood, the forgiveness
of sins, according to the riches of
His grace, Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 1:6-7
God was very kind to us
because of the Son he dearly
loves, and so we should
praise God. Christ sacrificed
his life's blood to set us free,
which means that our sins
are now forgiven. Christ did
this because God was so kind
to us. God has great wisdom
and understanding,

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 1:13-14
Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also became God's
people when you heard the
in whom also you, hearing the true message, the Good
News that brought you
Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation. You believed in
salvation, in whom also believing, Christ, and God put his stamp
of ownership on you by
you were sealed with the Holy giving you the Holy Spirit he
had promised. The Spirit is
Spirit of promise, who is the the guarantee that we shall
receive what God has
earnest of our inheritance, to the promised his people, and this
assures us that God will give
redemption of the purchased complete freedom to those
who are his. Let us praise his
possession, to the praise of His glory!
Contemporary English Version
glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
Christ also brought you the
truth, which is the good news
about how you can be saved.
You put your faith in Christ
and were given the promised
Holy Spirit to show that you
belong to God. The Spirit also
makes us sure that we will be
given what God has stored
up for his people. Then we
will be set free, and God will
be honored and praised.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 1:17-18
Ephesians 1:17-18 and ask the God of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the glorious
that the God of our Lord Jesus Father, to give you the Spirit,
who will make you wise and
Christ, the Father of glory, may reveal God to you, so that
give to you the spirit of wisdom you will know him. I ask that
your minds may be opened
and revelation in the knowledge of to see his light, so that you
will know what is the hope to
Him, the eyes of your which he has called you, how
rich are the wonderful
understanding being enlightened, blessings he promises his
people,
that you may know what is the
Contemporary English Version
hope of His calling, and what is the Ephesians 1:17-18
I ask the glorious Father and
riches of the glory of His God of our Lord Jesus Christ
to give you his Spirit. The
inheritance in the saints, Spirit will make you wise and
let you understand what it
means to know God. My
prayer is that light will flood
your hearts and that you will
understand the hope that
was given to you when God
chose you. Then you will
discover the glorious
blessings that will be yours
together with all of God's
people.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 2:1-3
Ephesians 2:1-3 In the past you were
spiritually dead because of
And He has made you alive, who your disobedience and sins.
At that time you followed the
were once dead in trespasses and world's evil way; you obeyed
sins, in which you once walked the ruler of the spiritual
powers in space, the spirit
according to the course of this who now controls the people
who disobey God. Actually all
world, according to the prince of of us were like them and
lived according to our natural
the power of the air, the spirit that desires, doing whatever
suited the wishes of our own
now works in the children of bodies and minds.

disobedience; among whom we Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 2:1-3
also had our way of life in times In the past you were dead
because you sinned and
past, in the lusts of our flesh, fought against God. You
fulfilling the desires of the flesh followed the ways of this
world and obeyed the devil.
and of the thoughts, and were by He rules the world, and his
spirit has power over
nature the children of wrath, even everyone who doesn't obey
God. Once we were also
as others. ruled by the selfish desires of
our bodies and minds.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 2:4-5
Ephesians 2:4-5 But God's mercy is so
abundant, and his love for us
But God, who is rich in mercy, for is so great, that while we
were spiritually dead in our
His great love with which He loved disobedience he brought us
us(even when we were dead in to life with Christ. It is by
God's grace that you have
sins) has made us alive together been saved.

with Christ (by grace you are


saved),
Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 2:4-5
But God was merciful! We
were dead because of our
sins, but God loved us so
much that he made us alive
with Christ, and God's
wonderful kindness is what
saves you.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 2:6-7
Ephesians 2:6-7 In our union with Christ Jesus
he raised us up with him to
and has raised us up together and rule with him in the heavenly
world. He did this to
made us sit together in the demonstrate for all time to
heavenlies in Christ Jesus, so that come the extraordinary
greatness of his grace in the
in the ages to come He might love he showed us in Christ
Jesus.
show the exceeding riches of His
grace in His kindness toward us
through Christ Jesus. Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 2:6-7
God raised us from death to
life with Christ Jesus, and he
has given us a place beside
Christ in heaven. God did this
so that in the future world he
could show how truly good
and kind he is to us because
of what Christ Jesus has
done.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 2:8-9
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by God's grace that
you have been saved through
For by grace you are saved faith. It is not the result of
your own efforts, but God's
through faith, and that not of gift, so that no one can boast
yourselves, it is the gift of God, not about it.

of works, lest anyone should


boast.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 2:8-9
You were saved by faith in
God, who treats us much
better than we deserve. This
is God's gift to you, and not
anything you have done on
your own. It isn't something
you have earned, so there is
nothing you can brag about.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 2:18
Ephesians 2:18 It is through Christ that all of
us, Jews and Gentiles, are
For through Him we both have able to come in the one Spirit
into the presence of the
access by one Spirit to the Father. Father.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 2:18
And because of Christ, all of
us can come to the Father by
the same Spirit.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 3:14-16
Ephesians 3:14-16 For this reason I fall on my
knees before the Father,
For this cause I bow my knees to from whom every family in
heaven and on earth receives
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, its true name. I ask God from
of whom the whole family in the wealth of his glory to give
you power through his Spirit
Heaven and earth is named, that to be strong in your inner
selves,
He would grant you, according to
the riches of His glory, to be
strengthened with might by His Contemporary English Version

Spirit in the inner man; Ephesians 3:14-16


I kneel in prayer to the
Father. All beings in heaven
and on earth receive their life
from him. God is wonderful
and glorious. I pray that his
Spirit will make you become
strong followers

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 3:17-19
Ephesians 3:17-19 and I pray that Christ will
make his home in your hearts
that Christ may dwell in your through faith. I pray that you
may have your roots and
hearts by faith; that you, being foundation in love, so that
rooted and grounded in love, may you, together with all God's
people, may have the power
be able to comprehend with all to understand how broad
and long, how high and deep,
saints what is the breadth and is Christ's love. Yes, may you
come to know his love---
length and depth and height, and although it can never be fully
known---and so be
to know the love of Christ which completely filled with the
very nature of God.
passes knowledge, that you might
Contemporary English Version
be filled with all the fullness of Ephesians 3:17-19
and that Christ will live in
God. your hearts because of your
faith. Stand firm and be
deeply rooted in his love. I
pray that you and all of God's
people will understand what
is called wide or long or high
or deep. I want you to know
all about Christ's love,
although it is too wonderful
to be measured. Then your
lives will be filled with all that
God is.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 3:20-21
Ephesians 3:20-21 To him who by means of his
power working in us is able
Now to Him who is able to do to do so much more than we
can ever ask for, or even
exceeding abundantly above all think of: to God be the glory
that we ask or think, according to in the church and in Christ
Jesus for all time, forever and
the power that works in us, to Him ever! Amen.

be glory in the church by Christ


Jesus throughout all ages, forever.
Amen. Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 3:20-21
I pray that Christ Jesus and
the church will forever bring
praise to God. His power at
work in us can do far more
than we dare ask or imagine.
Amen.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:1-3
Ephesians 4:1-3 I urge you, then---I who am a
prisoner because I serve the
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord: live a life that measures
up to the standard God set
Lord, beseech you that you walk when he called you. Be
worthy of the calling with which always humble, gentle, and
patient. Show your love by
you are called, with all lowliness being tolerant with one
another. Do your best to
and meekness, with long-suffering, preserve the unity which the
Spirit gives by means of the
forbearing one another in love, peace that binds you
together.
endeavoring to keep the unity of
Contemporary English Version
the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3
As a prisoner of the Lord, I
beg you to live in a way that
is worthy of the people God
has chosen to be his own.
Always be humble and
gentle. Patiently put up with
each other and love each
other. Try your best to let
God's Spirit keep your hearts
united. Do this by living at
peace.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:4-6
Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one
Spirit, just as there is one
There is one body and one Spirit, hope to which God has called
you. There is one Lord, one
even as you are called in one hope faith, one baptism; there is
of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one God and Father of all
people, who is Lord of all,
one baptism, one God and Father works through all, and is in
all.
of all, who is above all and through
all and in you all.
Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 4:4-6
All of you are part of the
same body. There is only one
Spirit of God, just as you
were given one hope when
you were chosen to be God's
people. We have only one
Lord, one faith, and one
baptism. There is one God
who is the Father of all
people. Not only is God
above all others, but he
works by using all of us, and
he lives in all of us.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:13-14
Ephesians 4:13-14 And so we shall all come
together to that oneness in
And this until we all come into the our faith and in our
knowledge of the Son of God;
unity of the faith and of the we shall become mature
knowledge of the Son of God, to a people, reaching to the very
height of Christ's full stature.
full-grown man, to the measure of Then we shall no longer be
children, carried by the
the stature of the fullness of waves and blown about by
every shifting wind of the
Christ; so that we no longer may teaching of deceitful people,
who lead others into error by
be infants, tossed to and fro and the tricks they invent.

carried about by every wind of Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 4:13-14
doctrine, in the dishonesty of men, This will continue until we
are united by our faith and by
in cunning craftiness, to the wiles our understanding of the Son
of deceit. of God. Then we will be
mature, just as Christ is, and
we will be completely like
him. We must stop acting like
children. We must not let
deceitful people trick us by
their false teachings, which
are like winds that toss us
around from place to place.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:15
Ephesians 4:15 Instead, by speaking the
truth in a spirit of love, we
But that you, speaking the truth in must grow up in every way to
Christ, who is the head.
love, may in all things grow up to
Him who is the Head, even Christ;

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 4:15
Love should always make us
tell the truth. Then we will
grow in every way and be
more like Christ, the head

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:22-24
Ephesians 4:22-24 So get rid of your old self,
which made you live as you
For you ought to put off the old used to---the old self that
was being destroyed by its
man (according to your way of deceitful desires Your hearts
living before) who is corrupt and minds must be made
completely new, and you
according to the deceitful lusts, must put on the new self,
which is created in God's
and be renewed in the spirit of likeness and reveals itself in
the true life that is upright
your mind. And you should put on and holy.

the new man, who according to Contemporary English Version

God was created in righteousness Ephesians 4:22-24


You were told that your
and true holiness. foolish desires will destroy
you and that you must give
up your old way of life with
all its bad habits. Let the
Spirit change your way of
thinking and make you into a
new person. You were
created to be like God, and
so you must please him and
be truly holy.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:26-27
Ephesians 4:26-27 If you become angry, do not
let your anger lead you into
Be angry, and do not sin. Do not sin, and do not stay angry all
day. Don't give the Devil a
let the sun go down upon your chance.
wrath, neither give place to the
Devil.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 4:26-27
Don't get so angry that you
sin. Don't go to bed angry
and don't give the devil a
chance.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:28
Ephesians 4:28 If you used to rob, you must
stop robbing and start
Let him who stole steal no more, working, in order to earn an
honest living for yourself and
but rather let him labor, working to be able to help the poor.
with his hands the thing which is
good, so that he may have
something to give to him who
needs.
Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 4:28
If you are a thief, quit
stealing. Be honest and work
hard, so you will have
something to give to people
in need.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:29
Ephesians 4:29 Do not use harmful words,
but only helpful words, the
Let not any filthy word go out of kind that build up and
provide what is needed, so
your mouth, but if any is good to that what you say will do
building up in respect of need, that good to those who hear you.

it may give grace to the ones


hearing.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 4:29
Stop all your dirty talk. Say
the right thing at the right
time and help others by what
you say.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:30
Ephesians 4:30 And do not make God's Holy
Spirit sad; for the Spirit is
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit God's mark of ownership on
you, a guarantee that the
of God, by whom you are sealed Day will come when God will
until the day of redemption. set you free.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 4:30
Don't make God's Spirit sad.
The Spirit makes you sure
that someday you will be free
from your sins.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:31
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness,
passion, and anger. No more
Let all bitterness and wrath and shouting or insults, no more
hateful feelings of any sort.
anger and tumult and evil speaking
be put away from you, with all
malice.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 4:31
Stop being bitter and angry
and mad at others. Don't yell
at one another or curse each
other or ever be rude.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 4:32
Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind and tender-
hearted to one another, and
And be kind to one another, forgive one another, as God
has forgiven you through
tenderhearted, forgiving one Christ.
another, even as God for Christ's
sake has forgiven you.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 4:32
Instead, be kind and merciful,
and forgive others, just as
God forgave you because of
Christ.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 5:1-2
Ephesians 5:1-2 Since you are God's dear
children, you must try to be
Therefore be followers of God, as like him. Your life must be
controlled by love, just as
dear children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave his
Christ also has loved us, and has life for us as a sweet-smelling
offering and sacrifice that
given Himself for us as an offering pleases God.

and a sacrifice to God for a sweet


smelling savor.
Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 5:1-2
Do as God does. After all, you
are his dear children. Let love
be your guide. Christ loved us
and offered his life for us as a
sacrifice that pleases God.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 5:15-17
Ephesians 5:15-17 So be careful how you live.
Don't live like ignorant
See then that you walk people, but like wise people.
Make good use of every
circumspectly, not as fools, but as opportunity you have,
wise, redeeming the time, because because these are evil days.
Don't be fools, then, but try
the days are evil. Therefore do not to find out what the Lord
wants you to do.
be unwise, but understand what
the will of the Lord is.
Contemporary English Version
Ephesians 5:15-17
Act like people with good
sense and not like fools.
These are evil times, so make
every minute count. Don't be
stupid. Instead, find out what
the Lord wants you to do.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 5:18
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk with wine,
which will only ruin you;
And do not be drunk with wine, in instead, be filled with the
Spirit.
which is excess, but be filled with
the Spirit,

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 5:18
Don't destroy yourself by
getting drunk, but let the
Spirit fill your life.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 5:20-21
Ephesians 5:20-21 In the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, always give thanks for
always giving thanks for all things everything to God the Father.
Submit yourselves to one
to God the Father in the name of another because of your
our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting reverence for Christ.

yourselves to one another in the


fear of God.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 5:20-21
Always use the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ to thank
God the Father for
everything. Honor Christ and
put others first.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 6:1
Ephesians 6:1 Children, it is your Christian
duty to obey your parents,
Children, obey your parents in the for this is the right thing to
do.
Lord, for this is right.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 6:1
Children, you belong to the
Lord, and you do the right
thing when you obey your
parents. The first
commandment with a
promise says,

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 6:2-3
Ephesians 6:2-3 "Respect your father and
mother" is the first
Honor your father and mother commandment that has a
promise added: "so that all
(which is the first commandment may go well with you, and
with a promise), so that it may be you may live a long time in
the land."
well with you, and that you may
live long on the earth.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 6:2-3
"Obey your father and your
mother, and you will have a
long and happy life."

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 6:11-12
Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on all the armor that God
gives you, so that you will be
Put on the whole armor of God so able to stand up against the
Devil's evil tricks. For we are
that you may be able to stand not fighting against human
against the wiles of the devil. For beings but against the wicked
spiritual forces in the
we do not wrestle against flesh heavenly world, the rulers,
authorities, and cosmic
and blood, but against powers of this dark age.

principalities, against powers,


against the world's rulers, of the Contemporary English Version

darkness of this age, against Ephesians 6:11-12


Put on all the armor that God
spiritual wickedness in high places. gives, so you can defend
yourself against the devil's
tricks. We are not fighting
against humans. We are
fighting against forces and
authorities and against rulers
of darkness and powers in
the spiritual world.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 6:13
Ephesians 6:13 So put on God's armor now!
Then when the evil day
Therefore take to yourselves the comes, you will be able to
resist the enemy's attacks;
whole armor of God, that you may and after fighting to the end,
be able to withstand in the evil you will still hold your
ground.
day, and having done all, to stand.

Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 6:13
So put on all the armor that
God gives. Then when that
evil day comes, you will be
able to defend yourself. And
when the battle is over, you
will still be standing firm.

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Modern King James Good News Bible
Ephesians 6:14-17
Ephesians 6:14-17 So stand ready, with truth as
a belt tight around your
Therefore stand, having your loins waist, with righteousness as
your breastplate, and as your
girded about with truth, and shoes the readiness to
having on the breastplate of announce the Good News of
peace. At all times carry faith
righteousness and your feet shod as a shield; for with it you will
be able to put out all the
with the preparation of the gospel burning arrows shot by the
Evil One. And accept
of peace. Above all, take the shield salvation as a helmet, and
the word of God as the sword
of faith, with which you shall be which the Spirit gives you.

able to quench all the fiery darts of Contemporary English Version


Ephesians 6:14-17
the wicked. And take the helmet Be ready! Let the truth be
like a belt around your waist,
of salvation, and the sword of the and let God's justice protect
Spirit, which is the Word of God, you like armor. Your desire to
tell the good news about
peace should be like shoes
on your feet. Let your faith
be like a shield, and you will
be able to stop all the flaming
arrows of the evil one. Let
God's saving power be like a
helmet, and for a sword use
God's message that comes
from the Spirit.

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St Marks Youth Unlimited
P.O. Box 27033, Greenacres, P.E., 6057, RSA
410 Cape Road, Western Suburbs, Port Elizabeth, 6025
t: (041) 3606060 f: (041) 3609217
e: youth@stmarks.org.za
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CALLING young people to SHARE the riches of Christ,


to VALUE God and EQUIP themselves to SERVE others

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