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Ephesians 3 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So I, Paul, am a prisoner of Christ Jesus for you who are not Jews. 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
2 Surely you have heard that God gave me this work through his grace to help you. 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,
3 He let me know his secret by showing it to me. I have already written a little about this. 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
4 If you read what I wrote then, you can see that I truly understand the secret about the Christ. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
5 People who lived in other times were not told that secret. But now, through the Spirit, God has shown that secret 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 is that secret: that through the Good News those who are not Jews will share with the Jews in God's blessing. They belong to the same body, and they share together in the 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 By God's special gift of grace given to me through his power, I became a servant to tell that Good News. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 agrees with the purpose God had since the beginning of time, and he carried out his plan through Christ Jesus our Lord. 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in 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. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
13 So I ask you not to become discouraged because of the sufferings I am having for you. My sufferings are for your glory. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14 So I bow in prayer before the Father 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name. 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
16 I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly 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 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 And I pray that you and all God's holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ's love -- how wide and how long and how high and how deep that 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 Christ's love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of 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 With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything 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 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen. 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.