The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed1For this reason I, Paul, aa prisoner of Christ Jesus bon behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of cthe stewardship of dGod’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 ehow the mystery was made known to me fby revelation, gas I have written briefly. 4 hWhen you read this, you can perceive my insight into ithe mystery of Christ, 5which 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. 6This mystery is ▼
▼The words This mystery is are inferred from verse 4that the Gentiles are kfellow heirs, lmembers of the same body, and mpartakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 nOf this gospel I was made oa minister according to the gift of pGod’s grace, which was given me qby the working of his power. 8To me, rthough I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, sto preach to the Gentiles the tunsearchable uriches of Christ, 9and vto bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery whidden for ages in ▼
▼Or byGod, ywho created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold zwisdom of God aamight now be made known to abthe rulers and authorities acin the heavenly places. 11This was adaccording to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have aeboldness and afaccess with agconfidence through our ahfaith in him. 13So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering aifor you, ajwhich is your glory.
Prayer for Spiritual Strength14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom akevery family ▼
▼Or fatherhood; the Greek word patria is closely related to the word for Father in verse 14in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to amthe riches of his glory anhe may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit aoin your inner being, 17 apso that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being aqrooted and argrounded in love, 18may have strength to ascomprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and atheight and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ authat surpasses knowledge, that avyou may be filled with all awthe fullness of God.
20 axNow to ayhim who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, azaccording to the power at work within us, 21 bato him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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