The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed1 For this reason I, Paul, a a prisoner for Christ Jesus b on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of c the stewardship of d God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 e how the mystery was made known to me f by revelation g as I have written briefly. 4 h When you read this, you can perceive my insight into i the mystery of Christ, 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. 6 This mystery is ▼
▼ The words This mystery is are inferred from verse 4that the Gentiles are k fellow heirs, l members of the same body, and m partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 7 n Of this gospel I was made o a minister according to the gift of p God’s grace, which was given me q by the working of his power. 8 To me, r though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, s to preach to the Gentiles the t unsearchable u riches of Christ, 9 and v to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery w hidden for ages in ▼
▼ Or byGod y who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold z wisdom of God aa might now be made known to ab the rulers and authorities ac in the heavenly places. 11 This was ad according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have ae boldness and af access with ag confidence through our ah faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering ai for you aj which is your glory.
Prayer for Spiritual Strength14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom ak every family ▼
▼ Or fatherhood; the Greek word patria is closely related to the word for Father in verse 14in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to am the riches of his glory an he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit ao in your inner being, 17 ap so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being aq rooted and ar grounded in love, 18 may have strength to as comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and at height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ au that surpasses knowledge, that av you may be filled with all aw the fullness of God. 20 ax Now to ay him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think az according to the power at work within us, 21 ba to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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