Ephesians 3

English Standard Version

1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— (Ac 23:18; Eph 3:13; Eph 4:1; Eph 6:20; Php 1:7; Col 1:24) 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, (Ac 11:23; Ro 1:5; Eph 1:10; Eph 3:7; Eph 4:7; Col 1:25; 1Ti 1:4) 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. (Da 2:29; Ac 22:17; Ac 22:21; Ac 26:16; Ro 16:25; 2Co 12:1; Eph 1:9) 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, (2Co 11:6; Col 4:3) 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is[1] that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Ga 3:29; Eph 2:16; Eph 5:7) 7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. (2Co 3:6; Eph 1:19; Eph 3:2; Eph 3:20; Col 1:23; Col 1:25) 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Job 5:9; Ac 9:15; Ro 2:4; Ro 11:33; 1Co 15:9; Eph 1:18) 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in[2] God, who created all things, (Eph 2:10; Eph 3:2; Col 1:26; Re 4:11) 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Ro 11:33; Eph 1:3; Eph 1:21; Eph 6:12; 1Pe 1:12) 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Eph 1:11) 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. (Mr 11:22; 2Co 3:4; Eph 2:18; Php 3:9; Heb 4:16; Heb 10:19) 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. (2Co 1:6; Eph 3:1) 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[3] in heaven and on earth is named, (Eph 1:10; Eph 1:21) 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (Ro 7:22; 1Co 16:13; Eph 3:8; Eph 6:10; Php 4:13; Col 1:11) 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Eph 2:22; Col 1:23; Col 2:7) 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (Job 11:8; Joh 1:5; Ro 8:39) 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 1:23; Php 4:7; Col 2:10) 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (Ro 16:25; 2Co 9:8; Eph 3:7; Jud 1:24) 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ro 11:36)