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Ephesians 3 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This is the reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus for those of you who are not Jewish. 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
2 Certainly, you have heard how God gave me the responsibility of bringing his kindness to you. 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,
3 You have heard that he let me know this mystery through a revelation. I've already written to you about this briefly. 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
4 When you read this, you'll see that I understand the mystery about Christ. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
5 In the past, this mystery was not known by people as it is now. The Spirit has now revealed it to his 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 This mystery is the Good News that people who are not Jewish have the same inheritance as Jewish people do. They belong to the same body and share the same promise that God made in 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 became a servant of this Good News through God's kindness freely given to me when his power worked [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 the least of all God's people. Yet, God showed me his kindness by allowing me to spread the Good News of the immeasurable wealth of Christ to people who are not Jewish. 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 He allowed me to explain the way this mystery works. God, who created all things, kept it hidden in the past. 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 did this so that now, through the church, he could let the rulers and authorities in heaven know his infinite wisdom. 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 This was God's plan for all of history which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 We can go to God with bold confidence through faith in Christ. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
13 So then, I ask you not to become discouraged by the troubles I suffer for you. In fact, my troubles bring you glory. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14 This is the reason I kneel in the presence of the Father 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,
15 from whom all the family in heaven and on earth receives its name. 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
16 I'm asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. 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 you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 This way, with all of God's people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love 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 You will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God. 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. 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 Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen. 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.