Ephesians 3:7-17 NIV

7 I became a servant of this gospel1 by the gift of God's grace given me2 through the working of his power.3

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8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people,4 this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles5 the unsearchable riches of Christ,6

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9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,7 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 God8 should be made known9 to the rulers and authorities10 in the heavenly realms,11

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11 according to his eternal purpose12 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God13 with freedom and confidence.14

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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 kneel15 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 riches16 he may strengthen you with power17 through his Spirit in your inner being,18

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      17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts19 through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted20 and established in love,

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