By God's special favor and mighty power, I have been given the wonderful privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.
I was chosen to explain to everyone this plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
God's purpose was to show his wisdom in all its rich variety to all the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. They will see this when Jews and Gentiles are joined together in his church.
This was his plan from all eternity, and it has now been carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God's presence, assured of his glad welcome.
So please don't despair because of what they are doing to me here. It is for you that I am suffering, so you should feel honored and encouraged.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)