Chapter One - The Visualized Text
"To the Saints who are at Ephesus" Eph 1:1b

THE VISUALIZED TEXT (NASB)  (conjunctions & prepositions underlined, words not in original text in italics)  (alternate text in purple)


      an apostle
           of Christ Jesus
           through the will of God,
           to the saints
                who are at Ephesus, and   (Some ancient mss. omit, "at Ephesus")
                  who are faithful
                        in Christ Jesus:
Grace and
    to you
         God our Father and
          the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessing be to (Praise be to)
     the God and Father
               our Lord Jesus Christ,
                has blessed us
                   with every spiritual blessing
                    in the heavenly places
                             in Christ.
Just as
       He chose us
           in Him
           before the foundation of the world,
           that we should be
                    holy and
                 before Him.   ( ... before Him, in love He ... )
In love

In love
      He predestined us (having predestined us)
           to adoption as sons
           through Jesus Christ
           to Himself,
           according to the kind intention of His will,   (the good pleasure of His will)
           to the praise
             of the glory
             of His grace,
                  which He freely bestowed on us
                            in the Beloved
In Him (In whom)
    we have
           through His blood,
        the forgiveness of our trespasses
           according to the riches of His grace,
             which He lavished upon us.   (made abundant toward us)
In all wisdom and insight (which He lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight.)
    He made known to us (He is making known to us)
        the mystery of His will,
           according to
                His kind intention (His good pleasure)
                 which He purposed
                     in Him
with a view to
    an administration
        suitable to the fullness of the times,   (lit., "of the fullness")
        that is,
            the summing up of all things
             in Christ,
                things in the heavens and (lit., "upon the heavens")
                things upon the earth., in Him.
In Him
we (Lit., "in whom also") have already obtained an inheritance (Alt., "were made an heritage"),
    having been predestined
        according to His purpose
            who works all things after the counsel of His will,
to the end that
we who were the first
to hope in Christ
            should be to the praise of His glory.

In Him (Lit., "whom"),
    you also,
        after listening to the message of truth,
            the Gospel of your salvation
         having also believed (Alt., "believed in Him, you were sealed"),
    you were sealed
        in Him
        with the Holy Spirit of Promise,
                is given as a pledge (Alt., "down payment")
                    of our inheritance,
                    with a view to the redemption of God's own possession,
                    to the praise of His glory.
For This Reason
    I too,
        having heard
            of the faith in the Lord Jesus
                which exists among you,
           and your love for all the saints, (Many ancient mss. omit, "your love")
    do not cease giving thanks for you
        while making mention of you in my prayers;
             that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
               The Father of Glory,
                     may give to you
                             a spirit of wisdom and
                             a revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Alt., "true knowledge")
I pray that
    the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, (Lit., "being")
          so that
                you may know
                   what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory
                          of His inheritance
                             in the saints; (Lit., "holy ones")
and what is the surpassing greatness
                            of His power toward us who believe.
                       These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
which He brought about
                                 in Christ,
                               when He
                                    raised Him from the dead, and
                                    seated Him at His right hand
                                      in the heavenly places,
far above
                                               all rule and
                                               authority and
                                               power and
                                               dominion, and
                                               every name that is named,
                                         not only in this age, but also
                                      in the one to come.
                         And He put all things
                                  in subjection
                                  under His feet,
                         and gave Him as head
                                  over all things to the church,
                                        which is His body,
                                           the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE,
Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968
1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1988.
Used by permission."