4 just as he chose
us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless
before him in love.
5 He destined
us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according
to the good pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise
of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have
redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace
8 that he lavished
on us. With all wisdom and insight
4 But God, who
is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us
5 even when we
were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ
-- by grace you have been saved --
6 and raised us
up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ
7 so that in the
ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.