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Ephesians 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:1 - For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:2 - Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:3 - that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:4 - In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:5 - which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:6 - This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:7 - I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:8 - Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:9 - and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:10 - His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:11 - according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:12 - In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:13 - I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:14 - For this reason I kneel before the Father,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:15 - from whom every family[fn] in heaven and on earth derives its name.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:16 - I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:17 - so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:18 - may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:19 - and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:20 - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:21 - to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
NIV Footnotes
The Greek for family (patria) is derived from the Greek for father (pater).

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