Bible: Eph 3:1-12

Paul's Relationship to the Divine Mystery

3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus 1  for the sake of you Gentiles 3:2 if indeed 2  you have heard of the stewardship 3  of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3:3 that 4  by revelation the divine secret 5  was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. 6  3:4 When reading this, 7  you will be able to 8  understand my insight into this secret 9  of Christ. 3:5 Now this secret 10  was not disclosed to people 11  in former 12  generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by 13  the Spirit, 3:6 namely, that through the gospel 14  the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members 15  of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel 16  according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by 17  the exercise of his power. 18  3:8 To me – less than the least of all the saints 19 this grace was given, 20  to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ 3:9 and to enlighten 21  everyone about God’s secret plan 22  – a secret that has been hidden for ages 23  in God 24  who has created all things. 3:10 The purpose of this enlightenment is that 25  through the church the multifaceted wisdom 26  of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. 3:11 This was according to 27  the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access 28  to God 29  because of 30  Christ’s 31  faithfulness. 32 

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