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Ephesians 3

The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed

1For this reason I, Paul, + a prisoner for Christ Jesus + on behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of + the stewardship of + God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3+ how the mystery was made known to me + by revelation, + as I have written briefly. 4+ When you read this, you can perceive my insight into + the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6This mystery is+ that the Gentiles are + fellow heirs, + members of the same body, and + partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7+ Of this gospel I was made + a minister according to the gift of + God’s grace, which was given me + by the working of his power. 8To me, + though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, + to preach to the Gentiles the + unsearchable + riches of Christ, 9and + to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery + hidden for ages in+ God + who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold + wisdom of God + might now be made known to + the rulers and authorities + in the heavenly places. 11This was + according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have + boldness and + access with + confidence through our + faith in him. 13So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering + for you, + which is your glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom + every family+ in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to + the riches of his glory + he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit + in your inner being, 17+ so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being + rooted and + grounded in love, 18may have strength to + comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and + height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ + that surpasses knowledge, that + you may be filled with all + the fullness of God.

20+ Now to + him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, + according to the power at work within us, 21+ to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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