Ephesians 3:4-15 NIV

4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight1 into the mystery of Christ,

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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.2

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6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs3 together with Israel, members together of one body,4 and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.5

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7 I became a servant of this gospel6 by the gift of God's grace given me7 through the working of his power.8

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8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people,9 this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles10 the unsearchable riches of Christ,11

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9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,12 which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

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10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God13 should be made known14 to the rulers and authorities15 in the heavenly realms,16

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11 according to his eternal purpose17 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God18 with freedom and confidence.19

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13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel20 before the Father,

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15 from whom his whole familya in heaven and on earth derives its name.

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    • a 3:15 - Or "whom all fatherhood"