The Mystery Revealed
1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—
2if indeed you have heard of the 3:2 stewardshipdispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,
3how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
4by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
5which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
6that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,
7of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
Purpose of the Mystery
8To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
9and to make all see what is the 3:9 NU, M stewardship (dispensation)fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things 3:9 NU omits through Jesus Christthrough Jesus Christ;
10to the intent that now the 3:10 variegated or many-sidedmanifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the 3:10 rulersprincipalities and powers in the heavenly places,
11according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
13Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Appreciation of the Mystery
14For this reason I bow my knees to the Father 3:14 NU omits of our Lord Jesus Christof our Lord Jesus Christ,
15from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
17that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—
19to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
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