New International Version
according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
King James Bible
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Darby Bible Translation
according to [the] purpose of the ages, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord,
World English Bible
according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;
Young's Literal Translation
according to a purpose of the ages, which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
According to the eternal purpose - Κατα προθεσιν των αιωνων· According to the purpose concerning the periods. This seems to refer to the complete round of the Jewish system, and to that of the Gospel. I have often observed, that though the proper grammatical meaning of the word is ever-during or endless duration, yet it is often applied to those systems, periods, governments, etc., which have a complete duration, taking in the whole of them, from their commencement to their termination, leaving nothing of their duration unembraced. So, here, God purposed that the Jewish dispensation should commence at such a time, and terminate at such a time; that the Gospel dispensation should commence when the Jewish ended, and terminate only with life itself; and that the results of both should be endless. This is probably what is meant by the above phrase.
Which he purposed in Christ Jesus - Ἡν εποιησεν· Which he made or constituted in or for Christ Jesus. The manifestation of Christ, and the glory which should follow, were the grand objects which God kept in view in all his dispensations.
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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
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