Ephesians 3:6-21 NIV

6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs1 together with Israel, members together of one body,2 and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.3

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7 I became a servant of this gospel4 by the gift of God's grace given me5 through the working of his power.6

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8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people,7 this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles8 the unsearchable riches of Christ,9

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9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,10 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 God11 should be made known12 to the rulers and authorities13 in the heavenly realms,14

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11 according to his eternal purpose15 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God16 with freedom and confidence.17

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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 kneel18 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 riches19 he may strengthen you with power20 through his Spirit in your inner being,21

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      17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts22 through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted23 and established in love,

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      18 may have power, together with all the saints,24 to grasp how wide and long and high and deep25 is the love of Christ,

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      19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge26--that you may be filled27 to the measure of all the fullness of God.28

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      20 Now to him who is able29 to do immeasurably more than all we ask30 or imagine, according to his power31 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.32

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