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Ephesians 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I, Paul, am a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. I am in prison because of my work among you who are not Jews. 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
2 I am sure you have heard that God appointed me to share his grace with you. 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,
3 I'm talking about the mystery God showed me. I have already written a little about it. 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
4 By reading it you will be able to understand what I know about the mystery of Christ. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
5 The mystery was not made known to people of other times. But now the Holy Spirit has made it known to God's holy apostles and prophets. 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.
6 Here is the mystery. Because of the good news, God's promises are for non-Jews as well as for Jews. Both groups are parts of one body. They share in the promise. It belongs to them because they belong to Christ Jesus. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I now serve the good news because God gave me his grace. His power is at work in me. 7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power.
8 I am by far the least important of all of God's people. But he gave me the grace to preach to the non-Jews about the wonderful riches that Christ gives. 8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
9 God told me to make clear to everyone how the mystery came about. In times past it was kept hidden in the mind of God, who created all things. 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
10 He wanted the rulers and authorities in the heavenly world to come to know his great wisdom. The church would make it known to them. 10 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,
11 That was God's plan from the beginning. He has worked it out through Christ Jesus our Lord. 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Through him and through faith in him we can approach God. We can come to him freely. We can come without fear. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
13 So here is what I'm asking you to do. Don't lose hope because I am suffering for you. It will lead to the time when God will give you his glory. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14 I bow in prayer to the Father because of my work among you. 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,
15 From the Father his whole family in heaven and on earth gets its name. 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
16 I pray that he will use his glorious riches to make you strong. May his Holy Spirit give you his power deep down inside you. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 Then Christ will live in your hearts because you believe in him. And I pray that your love will have deep roots. I pray that it will have a strong foundation. 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 May you have power with all God's people to understand Christ's love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is. 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19 And may you know his love, even though it can't be known completely. Then you will be filled with everything God has for you. 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
21 Give him glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Give him glory through all time and for ever and ever. Amen. 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.