Ephesians 3


Paul, God’s Minister to the Gentiles (3:1–13)

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2 assuming you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have already written briefly. 4 When you read this, you will be able to perceive my understanding about the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit: 6 the mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the handiwork of his power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable wealth of Christ 9 and to illuminate for everyone the administration of the mystery that was hidden from the beginning in God who created all things. 10 This was done so that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to the plan of the ages, which he set out in Christ Jesus, our Lord, 12 in whom we have courage and confident access through faith in him. 13 So then, I ask that you not lose heart because of my afflictions for you, which are your glory.

Prayer to Grasp God’s Unspeakable Gifts (3:14–21)

14 For this reason, I kneel before the Father 15 (from whom every family in the heavenly realms and on earth derives its name) 16 so that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant that you be strengthened with power in the inner person through his Spirit. 17 I pray that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, you being rooted and grounded in love, 18 so that you may be able to grasp with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to the one who is able, above all, to do more abundantly whatever we ask or consider thoughtfully, according to the power acting in us—21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations of time and forevermore, Amen.

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