Ephesians 3

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Mystery Revealed

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which 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: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of 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

To 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, and to make all see what is the fellowship[a]of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;[b] 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Appreciation of the Mystery

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[c] 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 3:9 NU-Text and M-Text read stewardship (dispensation).
  2. Ephesians 3:9 NU-Text omits through Jesus Christ.
  3. Ephesians 3:14 NU-Text omits of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • I think God For Paul's obedience to the calling that God placed on his life. He's given us so much insight and revelation on the Word of God if he had not been obedient, we would not have two thirds of the new Testament.
  • Wow ,Thanks to Apostle Paul we are reading this , it is thanks to his obedience and sensitiveness to the Holy Spirit ..praise God , thank you that you will do more then I can ever imagine and beyond limits in my life ! thank you for your grace .

  • As long as God is for us we don't have to worry. Because he can do abundantly above all that we ask according to the power that works in us.

  • What stood out the most for me is "that you, being rooted and grounded in love," to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Being filled with all the fullness of Christ is exactly what I am striving for. To carry a love that passed knowledge, my God! I am willing to do all that I need to let God dwell in me so that I can be rooted in love. 

  • God reveals his ultimate plan-allowing the Gentiles to be part of the kingdom.  Paul letting the citizens of Ephesus know that they could be a part of the greatest family ever.  As a joint-heir to the kingdom they would reap benefits beyond their wildest imagination. So glad to be a part of the family. 

  • My absolute favorite scripture 18-20. Amen

  • THE MYSTERY REVEALED,PURPOSE OF THE MYSTERY,APPRECIATION OF THE MYSTERY.................

    "NOW UNTO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE "ALL" THAT WE ASK R THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN "US" TO" HIM" B GLORY BY IN THE CHURCH BY JESUS CHRIST TO ALL GENERATIONS ,FOREVER AND EVER . GOD IS MORE THAN ENOUGH!!!!!!!!

  • Amen....

  • Thank you, Lord that you are rooted and grounded in me and you dwell in me and you grant me riches and Glory!

  • Im in Love .
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