|709||TRINITY||Ephesians 1, 2, and 4, RSV.|
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,|
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace
which he lavished upon us.
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,
which is the guarantee of our inheritance
until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off
have been brought near in the blood of Christ.
He came and preached peace to you
who were far off and peace to those who were near;
for through him we both have access
in one Spirit to the Father.
There is one body and one Spirit,
just as you were called to the one hope
that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith,
one baptism, one God and Father of us all,
who is above all and through all and in all.