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Ephesians 3

ESV 1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles-- MSG 1 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. ESV 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, MSG 2 I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. ESV 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. MSG 3 I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. ESV 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, MSG 4 As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. ESV 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. MSG 5 None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. ESV 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. MSG 6 The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board. ESV 7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. MSG 7 This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. ESV 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, MSG 8 When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God's way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. ESV 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, MSG 9 My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. ESV 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. MSG 10 Through Christians like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels! ESV 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, MSG 11 All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. ESV 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. MSG 12 When we trust in him, we're free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. ESV 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. MSG 13 So don't let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud! ESV 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, MSG 14 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, ESV 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, MSG 15 this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. ESV 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, MSG 16 I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit - not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength - ESV 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, MSG 17 that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, ESV 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, MSG 18 you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! ESV 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. MSG 19 Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. ESV 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, MSG 20 God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. ESV 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. MSG 21 Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

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