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Ephesians 3

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The hidden mystery that the Gentiles should be saved was made known to Paul by revelation;

3:1 For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles,

3:2 if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you;

3:3 how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words,

3:4 by which, when you read, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ;

3:5 which in other generations was not made known to the children of men,

    as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

3:6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs,

    and fellow members of the body,

    and fellow partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus through the Good News,

3:7 of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

and to him was that grace given, that he should preach it.

3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

3:9 and to make all men see

    what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God,

    who created all things through Jesus Christ;

3:10 to the intent that now through the assembly

    the manifold wisdom of God

    might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places,

3:11 according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;

3:12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.

He desires them not to faint for his tribulation;

3:13 Therefore I ask that you may not lose heart at my troubles for you, which are your glory.

and prays that they may perceive the great love of Christ toward them.

3:14 For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

3:16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;

3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

    to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

3:18 may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is

    the breadth

    and length

    and height

    and depth,

3:19 and to know Christís love which surpasses knowledge,

    that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

3:20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,

    according to the power that works in us,

3:21 to him be the glory in the assembly

    and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.


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