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Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.  Even before the world was made, God has already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him.

Because of his love,  God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his sons – this was his pleasure and purpose.  Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!  For by the sacrificial death of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.  How great is the grace of God, which he gave to us in such large measure!

In all his wisdom and insight God did what he had purposed and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ .  This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth with Christ as head.

All things are done according to God’s plan and decision;  and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose , based on what he had decided from the very beginning.  Let us then, who were the first to hope in Christ, praise God’s glory!