Paul’s Stewardship

For this reason I, Paul, (A)the prisoner of (B)Christ Jesus (C)for the sake of you (D)Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the (E)stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; (F)that (G)by revelation there was (H)made known to me (I)the mystery, (J)as I wrote before in brief. [a]By referring to this, when you read you can understand (K)my insight [b]into the (L)mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy (M)apostles and prophets [c]in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are (N)fellow heirs and (O)fellow members of the body, and (P)fellow partakers of the promise in (Q)Christ Jesus through the gospel, (R)of which I was made a (S)minister, according to the gift of (T)God’s grace which was given to me (U)according to the working of His power. To me, (V)the very least of all [d]saints, this grace was given, to (W)preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable (X)riches of Christ, and to [e]bring to light what is the administration of the (Y)mystery which for ages has been (Z)hidden in God (AA)who created all things; 10 so that the manifold (AB)wisdom of God might now be (AC)made known through the church to the (AD)rulers and the authorities in (AE)the heavenly places. 11 This was in (AF)accordance with the [f]eternal purpose which He [g]carried out in (AG)Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and [h](AH)confident (AI)access through faith [i]in Him. 13 Therefore I ask [j]you not (AJ)to lose heart at my tribulations (AK)on your behalf, [k]for they are your glory.

14 For this reason I (AL)bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom [l]every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to (AM)the riches of His glory, to be (AN)strengthened with power through His Spirit in (AO)the inner man, 17 so that (AP)Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being (AQ)rooted and (AR)grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with (AS)all the [m]saints what is (AT)the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know (AU)the love of Christ which (AV)surpasses knowledge, that you may be (AW)filled up to all the (AX)fullness of God.

20 (AY)Now to Him who is (AZ)able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, (BA)according to the power that works within us, 21 (BB)to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations [n]forever and ever. Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 3:4 Lit To which, when you read
  2. Ephesians 3:4 Lit in
  3. Ephesians 3:5 Or by
  4. Ephesians 3:8 Or holy ones
  5. Ephesians 3:9 Two early mss read make all know
  6. Ephesians 3:11 Lit purpose of the ages
  7. Ephesians 3:11 Or formed
  8. Ephesians 3:12 Lit access in confidence
  9. Ephesians 3:12 Lit of Him
  10. Ephesians 3:13 Or that I may not lose
  11. Ephesians 3:13 Lit which are
  12. Ephesians 3:15 Or the whole
  13. Ephesians 3:18 V 8, note 1
  14. Ephesians 3:21 Lit of the age of the ages

Bible Gateway Recommends

NASB MacArthur Study Bible Large Print Hardcover
NASB MacArthur Study Bible Large Print Hardcover
Retail: $59.99
Our Price: $38.99
Save: $21.00 (35%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
The Plan of Life: NASB Gospel of John, pack of 10
The Plan of Life: NASB Gospel of John, pack of 10
Retail: $7.50
Our Price: $5.99
Save: $1.51 (20%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
NASB New Inductive Study Bible, Hardcover
NASB New Inductive Study Bible, Hardcover
Retail: $49.99
Our Price: $32.99
Save: $17.00 (34%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars

Bible Gateway Sponsors