New Living Translation
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
King James Bible
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Darby Bible Translation
according as he has chosen us in him before the world's foundation, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love;
World English Bible
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;
Young's Literal Translation
according as He did choose us in him before the foundation of the world, for our being holy and unblemished before Him, in love,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:4 As he hath chosen us - Both Jews and gentiles, whom he foreknew as believing in Christ, 1Pet 1:2.
Library'According To' --II.
'According to the riches of His grace.'--Eph. i. 7. We have seen, in a previous sermon, that a characteristic note of this letter is the frequent occurrence of that phrase 'according to.' I also then pointed out that it was employed in two different directions. One class of passages, with which I then tried to deal, used it to compare the divine purpose in our salvation with the historical process of the salvation. The type of that class of reference is found in a verse just before my text, 'according …
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'According To' --I.
"Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the LORD your God.
2 Samuel 22:24
I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.
When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers.
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.
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