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Ephesians 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:1 - For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:2 - assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:3 - how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:4 - When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:5 - which 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:6 - This mystery is[fn] that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:7 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:8 - To 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:9 - and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in[fn] God, who created all things,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:10 - so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:11 - This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:12 - in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:13 - So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:14 - For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:15 - from whom every family[fn] in heaven and on earth is named,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:16 - that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:17 - so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:18 - may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:19 - and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:20 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:21 - to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
ESV Footnotes
The words This mystery is are inferred from verse 4
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Or from whom all fatherhood; the Greek word patria in verse 15 is closely related to the word for Father in verse 14

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