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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  • yes amen

  • Glory be too good, I HAVE a shout in my Spirit. I've got a praise on the inside thank God for the mystery being opened up too US.
  • SUMMARY
    In this chapter Paul reminds his readers of God's grace that has been
    shown him regarding the revelation of the "mystery".  By reading what
    he had written earlier, they would understand how the "mystery"
    pertained to Gentiles becoming fellow heirs in Christ, and Paul felt
    privileged to preach among the Gentiles what for ages had been hidden. Knowing that what he did was part of God's eternal purpose in Christ to make His manifold wisdom known by the church, he asked his brethren not to be discouraged by any tribulations he experienced on their behalf
    (1-13).

    The chapter also contains Paul's second prayer for the Ephesians.  He
    prays for their enablement, that the Father would strengthen them by
    His Spirit, that Christ might dwell in their hearts through faith, that
    they be able to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, and so be filled with all the fullness of God.  He concludes his prayer and
    this chapter by ascribing that glory be given to God in the church by
    Jesus Christ for all eternity (14-21).

     

  • Amen.
  • amen my god loved it

  • Amen.

  • Amen!!!

  • Amen I appreciate God so much for His word is so true. I thank Him because He has my back!! He alone is worthy of All my praise Hallelujah! my take away from this scripture is verse 20-21 "Now unto 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."

  • Amen. 

  • He has given us Grace and nothing to hard for God

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