1[This letter is from me,] Paul. [I'm] an ambassador from Yahshua, [YAH's] Messiah. [I have authority to give you commandments, 😇. I didn't get that power through human hierarchical ordination. I got it directly,] by YHVH's will. I'm writing [specifically] to [1st-Century Christian] separatists at Ephesus [in Turkey], and [generally] to [all] faithful [people who live united with YAH's] Messiah (Yahshua).
2[I pray that]YHVH our Father, and [our] Master Yahshua, [YAH's] Messiah, [rain] grace and peace [on] you, 😇.
3[Always] praise [YHVH] the Eloah, the Father of our Master Yahshua[the] Messiah. [Through our connection to] the Messiah, YAH showers every [possible] spiritual benefit on us from [His] heavenly realms, 😇.
Paul Reveals Our Part In Heaven's Master Plan
4 Long ago, even before YAH made the kosmos, YAH loved us, 😇. He chose to unite us with [His] Messiah, to separate us [from evil] and [make us] so spotless [that eventually] even [His limitless] vision [won't see wrong in us].
5 Ages ago, 😇, before time began, YAH delightedly set [the wheels of the cosmos in motion to] bring us [believers] into his own family as sons, [by connecting us to]Yahshua, the Messiah. Yahshua gets us sinners trained, cleansed and ready to be spirit-sons of the perfect Creator of the Universe.
The KJV's ‘the adoption of children’ is arguably faithful to the Greek 'huiothesia.' But it misses the idea of being spirit-born sons of YHWH.
6 As we [worm-people] transform [into righteous beings], heaven and earth erupt in praise to YAH's glorious favor. Yah accepts us into His beloved [family, 😇. He] loves and cherishes us just like He loves His beloved son Yahshua! Paraphrase.
7[ 😇, by uniting with]Yahshua, we [believers gain] redemption. [When]Yahshua[let the devil's henchmen spill his] blood, [YAH confiscated us, the devil's property]. So we get unlimited freedom from [the devil, the punisher of] our sins. The riches of YAH's and Yahshua's mercy are limitless.
8 In YAH's infinite wisdom and insight, YAH pours out unmerited kindness to us [believers], 😇. YAH owes us nothing. Not even a merciful death. Yet he chooses to shower us with kindness.
9 YAH reveals to us the mystery of His will, His Master plan in which He delights.
10*This is YAH's long-range plan, 😇: to unite everything in heaven and everything in earth [under the authority of] the Messiah, [who is YAH's heavenly thoughts in a human body].
11 Also, united with Yahshua, we [believers] receive a [limitless] inheritance, 😇. [YAH] chose us [believers] before time began. We're not worthy of being YAH's heirs. Yet he wrote [us] into his will [before our mothers birthed us]. YAH does whatever he wants. His plans are always right.
12 Our [freewill choice to actively] trust in the Messiah brings praise to YAH's majesty, 😇. The stars of the heavens bring glory to YAH. But we believers shine brighter, because we have freedom to choose.
13[We apostles trusted Yahshua first. Then] when you, 😇, heard [YAH's] Word of Truth (the Good News of your salvation) you trusted Yahshua. YAH bundled you with the Messiah. Then [he] put His stamp of ownership on you. He seals you with [His] promised Sacred Spirit. YAH's sacred spirit makes you love your enemies. If you don't love your enemies, you don't have the holy spirit, which means you're probably not saved.
14[YAH's Sacred Spirit of love] is the guarantee that we [believers] will receive the inheritance [which] YAH promised his people. YAH acquired us as his own possession[s], 😇. [Yahshua] completely redeemed [us from the power of evil]. So the heavens ring [with] praise to YAH's glory. Stop doing evil things, even when no one's looking. Start doing things that show the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Your behavioral change is proof that you are in touch with heaven. Loving your enemies is not natural. If you love everyone unconditionally, you have YAH's spirit. If you don't love everyone, you don't have YAH's spirit in you. Radical character improvement doesn't happen by itself. People sometimes clean up their lives. But they don't morph blatant sin into righteousness without some miraculous help.
Paul Prays For The New Believers
15 Ever since I first heard of your faith in the Master (Yahshua) and your love for [YAH's] holy ones everywhere, 😇, I haven't stopped thanking YAH for you.
17 I pray that [YHVH], the Father of glory, the Eloah of our Master Yahshua[the] Messiah, gives you, 😇, the spirit of wisdom and revelation so [you'll] know [YAH,] and know all about Him. YHVH the Father is clearly shown here to be superior to the resurrected Messiah.
18 I ask YAH to open and enlighten the eyes of your understanding, 😇, so you'll know the wonderful future YAH promises to everyone He calls. [Envision] the rich, glorious inheritance YAH gives His holy, [separatist] people!
19[I pray that you, 😇, continually experience] the all-surpassing greatness of YAH's power. It energizes to [save] us believers. [Encounter] the mighty resurrection power [that saves us from every form of death].
The Messiah Is All Powerful, 2nd Only To YAH
20[YAH vitalizes us, 😇, with the same power] he [used to] energize the Messiah, when He raised Yahshua from the dead and [then] seated Yahshua at His right hand in the heavenly realms!
21*[Underneath YAH,]Yahshua sits high above all principality, power, might, dominion and every name [anyone can] name, not only in this age, but also in [all] age[s] to come, 😇! Yahshua is the ultimate superhero. Not because he conquered his foes. But because he loved his own murderers. Can you do that? Not without help from heaven. Loving your enemies is the ultimate achievement. In loving your enemies you encounter the supra-natural force that creates universes.
Yahshua's name is not above that of YHVH. Yahshua's name includes YHVH's name, in shortened form: YAH.
22*So YAH has put everything [in the universe and beyond] under Yahshua's feet. [So obviously] YAH gives Yahshua authority to be the Head over everything pertaining to [our]Ekklesia, 😇.
23[Our]Ekklesia is Yahshua's [political] body, 😇. The Ekklesia is filled by Yahshua, who is the Living Word of YAH. And the universe and everything beyond the universe brim full of the Word of YAH, [personified in]Yahshua. Paraphrase. Peterson: “The Ekklesia is not peripheral to the world. The world is peripheral to the Ekklesia. The Ekklesia is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence.”