Ephesians 3 NIV

Paul the Preacher to the Gentiles

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner1 of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

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2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me2 for you,

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3 that is, the mystery3 made known to me by revelation,4 as I have already written briefly.

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4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight5 into the mystery of Christ,

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5 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.6

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6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs7 together with Israel, members together of one body,8 and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.9

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7 I became a servant of this gospel10 by the gift of God's grace given me11 through the working of his power.12

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8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people,13 this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles14 the unsearchable riches of Christ,15

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9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,16 which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

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10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God17 should be made known18 to the rulers and authorities19 in the heavenly realms,20

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11 according to his eternal purpose21 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God22 with freedom and confidence.23

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13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel24 before the Father,

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15 from whom his whole familya in heaven and on earth derives its name.

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    • a 3:15 - Or "whom all fatherhood"
      16 I pray that out of his glorious riches25 he may strengthen you with power26 through his Spirit in your inner being,27

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      17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts28 through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted29 and established in love,

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      18 may have power, together with all the saints,30 to grasp how wide and long and high and deep31 is the love of Christ,

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      19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge32--that you may be filled33 to the measure of all the fullness of God.34

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      20 Now to him who is able35 to do immeasurably more than all we ask36 or imagine, according to his power37 that is at work within us,

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      21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.38

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