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Ephesians 3:4-15 (New International Version)

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4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight1 into the mystery of Christ, 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.2 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs3 together with Israel, members together of one body,4 and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.5 7 I became a servant of this gospel6 by the gift of God's grace given me7 through the working of his power.8 8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people,9 this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles10 the unsearchable riches of Christ,11 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,12 which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God13 should be made known14 to the rulers and authorities15 in the heavenly realms,16 11 according to his eternal purpose17 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God18 with freedom and confidence.19 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 kneel20 before the Father, 15 from whom his whole familya in heaven and on earth derives its name.
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