For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner1 of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
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Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me2 for you,
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that is, the mystery3 made known to me by revelation,4 as I have already written briefly.
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In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight5 into the mystery of Christ,
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which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.6
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This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs7 together with Israel, members together of one body,8 and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.9
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I became a servant of this gospel10 by the gift of God's grace given me11 through the working of his power.12
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Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people,13 this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles14 the boundless riches of Christ,15
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and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,16 which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
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His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God17 should be made known18 to the rulers and authorities19 in the heavenly realms,20
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according to his eternal purpose21 that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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In him and through faith in him we may approach God22 with freedom and confidence.23
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I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
For this reason I kneel24 before the Father,
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from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
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I pray that out of his glorious riches25 he may strengthen you with power26 through his Spirit in your inner being,27
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so that Christ may dwell in your hearts28 through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted29 and established in love,
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may have power, together with all the Lord's people,30 to grasp how wide and long and high and deep31 is the love of Christ,
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and to know this love that surpasses knowledge32--that you may be filled33 to the measure of all the fullness of God.34
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Now to him who is able35 to do immeasurably more than all we ask36 or imagine, according to his power37 that is at work within us,
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to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.38
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