(Eph 3) Week One Reading..

Ephesians 3

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God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 3:15 The Greek for family (patria) is derived from the Greek for father (pater).

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  • Praise God Loving to read about how the Power is within us. It reminds me of my gifts and where God has brong me from and bless me with. All the tools he supplied to me all these years. All the unlimited knowledge it reminds me of how blessed i am. God is able and so are we by activating the strength he has given us and reminded us. I ALSO LOVE when reading how its been rooted in us. My God to thee. Rooted and established.  God is doing wonderfull things. HalleluYah. Been doing it and we were once unknowning to it..

  • My God we thank you God for giving us your power within us. We thank you God for getting to know what you mean in these scriptures it was a time where i didn't know what you were trying to tell us. However, now God we are getting the understanding of what you mean Oh God. I thank you Dad for loving us enough to give us the power to heal and be set free. 

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    Paul’s Stewardship – Pastor Patricia’s StewardShip - StewardShift

    As we are reading these passages of scriptures; it comes to our attention to think about what Paul is talking about when he mentions “stewardship”. Stewardship means; A biblical world view of stewardship can be consciously defined as: "Utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation." The central essence of biblical world view stewardship is managing everything God brings into the believer's life in a manner that honors God ... the office, duties, and obligations; in addition, as in Faith, Love, Prosperity, Wholeness, Divine healing, understanding, wisdom, knowledge.

    Proverbs 4:7

    Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Are we being good stewards over these things?

    Are we as Leadershifter being good steward of knowing, gaining knowledge that we are joint heirs; diving in to know the mystery of Christ, Eph. 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him [that is, our faith gives us sufficient courage to freely and openly approach God through Christ. Being good stewards that Christ may dwell in our hearts, through your faith. This is an awesome read and to really ponder over, think about it, make it alive within us.

  • Ephesians 3:8 although I am less then the least of the lords people this grace was given me to preach to the gentiles the boundless riches of christ. Now this is so powerful because even though I may not be anybody to the world I may not have a fancy car or big fancy house or be somebody famous God has chosen me God said I was good enough  to go out and preach his word to people that do not know him Ne'eman 

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  • Amen I thank God for who he is an that he is there in an out of season
  • Amen God reveal to us your mysteries. Lean not unto our own understanding but being obedient and faithful and trusting in you.
  • Amen! Such great and awesome readings for this week..
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