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EPH 3:1–3:21 ©

The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians 3

3Because God is working out this plan for you non-Jews, I, Paul, pray to the Father for you, even as I am in prison because I serve the Messiah Jesus for your sake. 2I assume that people have told you about me, that God has given me the task of communicating to you non-Jews his plan to be extremely kind to you. 3God told me this message that people did not understand before by revealing it to me directly, just as I wrote to you before briefly. 4As you read that, you can perceive that I clearly understand things that God had not previously revealed about the Messiah. 5Formerly, God did not fully reveal this message to people, but now his Spirit has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets. 6The message is this: the non-Jews now share together with Jews the spiritual riches of God and belong to the same group of God’s people and will share all the things God has promised to his people because they are joined to the Messiah Jesus as a result of believing the good news. 7I now serve God by telling people this good news. God was very kind to me and gave me this work to do even though I am not worthy of it, and he enables me to do it by powerfully working in me.

8Although I am the least worthy of all of God’s people, God kindly gave me this gift: he appointed me to proclaim to the non-Jews the good news about the unending spiritual blessings that the Messiah has for us 9and to enable everyone to understand what God’s plan is. This plan is something that God, who created everything, has kept hidden from long ago. 10God hid this plan so that as he reveals it now by making it happen in those who believe, he also reveals to the spiritual authorities at the highest levels how profoundly wise he is. 11This is the plan that God has always had, and it is what he accomplished through the work of the Messiah Jesus, our Lord. 12So now, because of what Jesus has done, we can come to God freely and confidently because, when we trust in Jesus, he joins us to himself. 13So please do not be discouraged by the things that I am suffering here in prison on your behalf, because they produce a glorious result for you.

14Because God has done all this for you, I kneel and pray to God our Father. 15He is the original father, who gave the pattern for every family in heaven and on the earth to follow. 16I pray that God will give you his Spirit to strengthen your spirit in proportion to how abundantly great he is. 17I pray that the Messiah may stay as close to you as your own hearts because you trust in him, and that everything that you do and say will be a result of God’s love for you and your love for him and others 18so that you may be fully able to understand, along with all of God’s people, how very much the Messiah loves us. 19I pray that you will come to know how much the Messiah loves us, even though he loves us so much that we cannot understand it. I pray that God will give you a full measure of everything that he is.

20Praise God, who is able to do much more than anything that we ask him to do, or even that we think that he can do, because of how powerfully he works within us! 21May all believers praise him for how great he is and for the awesome work that he has done through the Messiah Jesus! May they praise him throughout all generations forever! May it be so.

EPH 3:1–3:21 ©