7 By God's special gift of grace given to me through his power, I became a servant to tell that Good News.
8 I am the least important of all God's people, but God gave me this gift -- to tell those who are not Jews the Good News about the riches of Christ, which are too great to understand fully.
9 And God gave me the work of telling all people about the plan for his secret, which has been hidden in him since the beginning of time. He is the One who created everything.
10 His purpose was that through the church all the rulers and powers in the heavenly world will now know God's wisdom, which has so many forms.
11 This agrees with the purpose God had since the beginning of time, and he carried out his plan through Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 In Christ we can come before God with freedom and without fear. We can do this through faith in Christ.
13 So I ask you not to become discouraged because of the sufferings I am having for you. My sufferings are for your glory.