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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 1

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Greeting. 1 a Rom 1, 7; 1 Cor 1, 1–2; Col 1, 1 . * Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the holy ones who are [in Ephesus] faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 b Col 1, 2 . grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Father's Plan of Salvation. 3 c 2, 6; 2 Cor 1, 3 . * Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, 4 d 5, 27; Jn 15, 16; 17, 24; Rom 8, 29; 2 Thes 2, 13 . as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love 5 e Jn 1, 12; 1 Jn 3, 1 . he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, 6 f Mt 3, 17; Col 1, 13 . for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.

Fulfillment through Christ. 7 g 2, 7–13; Rom 3, 24; Col 1, 14.20 . In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace 8 h Col 1, 9 . that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, 2 i 3, 3.9; Rom 16, 25 . * he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him 10 j Gal 4, 4; Col 1, 16.20 . as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

Inheritance through the Spirit. 11 k Is 46, 10; Rom 8, 28; Col 1, 12; Rv 4, 11 . In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, 12* so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. 13 l 4, 30; Acts 2, 33; Col 1, 5–6 . *In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, 14 m 2 Cor 1, 22; 5, 5 . *which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God's possession, to the praise of his glory.

The Church as Christ's Body. 15 n Col 1, 3–4; Phlm 4–5 . *Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, 16 o Col 1, 3.9 . do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 p 3, 14.16; Col 1, 9–10; 1 Jn 5, 20 . that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.18 q 4, 4; Col 1, 12.27 . May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, 19 r 2 Cor 13, 4; Col 1, 11; 2, 12 . and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might,20 s Ps 110, 1; Heb 1, 3 . which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, 21 t Phil 2, 9; Col 1, 16; 1 Pt 3, 22 . far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 u 4, 15; Ps 8, 7; Mt 28, 18; Col 1, 18 . And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 v 4, 10.12; Rom 12, 5; 1 Cor 12, 27; Col 1, 19 . *which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

Notes:

a: Rom 1, 7; 1 Cor 1, 1–2; Col 1, 1 .

b: Col 1, 2 .

c: 2, 6; 2 Cor 1, 3 .

d: 5, 27; Jn 15, 16; 17, 24; Rom 8, 29; 2 Thes 2, 13 .

e: Jn 1, 12; 1 Jn 3, 1 .

f: Mt 3, 17; Col 1, 13 .

g: 2, 7–13; Rom 3, 24; Col 1, 14.20 .

h: Col 1, 9 .

i: 3, 3.9; Rom 16, 25 .

j: Gal 4, 4; Col 1, 16.20 .

k: Is 46, 10; Rom 8, 28; Col 1, 12; Rv 4, 11 .

l: 4, 30; Acts 2, 33; Col 1, 5–6 .

m: 2 Cor 1, 22; 5, 5 .

n: Col 1, 3–4; Phlm 4–5 .

o: Col 1, 3.9 .

p: 3, 14.16; Col 1, 9–10; 1 Jn 5, 20 .

q: 4, 4; Col 1, 12.27 .

r: 2 Cor 13, 4; Col 1, 11; 2, 12 .

s: Ps 110, 1; Heb 1, 3 .

t: Phil 2, 9; Col 1, 16; 1 Pt 3, 22 .

u: 4, 15; Ps 8, 7; Mt 28, 18; Col 1, 18 .

v: 4, 10.12; Rom 12, 5; 1 Cor 12, 27; Col 1, 19 .

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