Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,
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and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
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His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
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according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
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I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
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from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
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I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
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so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
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may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
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