GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles
3Ã‚Â For this reason I, Paul, the prisonerÃ‚Â of Christ Jesus for the sake of you GentilesÃ¢â‚¬â€
2Ã‚Â Surely you have heard about the administration of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grace that was given to meÃ‚Â for you,Ã‚Â 3Ã‚Â that is, the mysteryÃ‚Â made known to me by revelation,Ã‚Â as I have already written briefly.Ã‚Â 4Ã‚Â In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insightÃ‚Â into the mystery of Christ,Ã‚Â 5Ã‚Â which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s holy apostles and prophets.Ã‚Â 6Ã‚Â This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirsÃ‚Â together with Israel, members together of one body,Ã‚Â and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7Ã‚Â I became a servant of this gospelÃ‚Â by the gift of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grace given methrough the working of his power.Ã‚Â 8Ã‚Â Although I am less than the least of all the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s people,Ã‚Â this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentilesthe boundless riches of Christ,Ã‚Â 9Ã‚Â and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,Ã‚Â which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.Ã‚Â 10Ã‚Â His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of GodÃ‚Â should be made knownÃ‚Â to the rulers and authoritiesÃ‚Â in the heavenly realms,Ã‚Â 11Ã‚Â according to his eternal purposeÃ‚Â that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.Ã‚Â 12Ã‚Â In him and through faith in him we may approach GodÃ‚Â with freedom and confidence.13Ã‚Â I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
A Prayer for the Ephesians
14Ã‚Â For this reason I kneelÃ‚Â before the Father,Ã‚Â 15Ã‚Â from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name.Ã‚Â 16Ã‚Â I pray that out of his glorious richesÃ‚Â he may strengthen you with powerÃ‚Â through his Spirit in your inner being,Ã‚Â 17Ã‚Â so that Christ may dwell in your heartsÃ‚Â through faith. And I pray that you, being rootedÃ‚Â and established in love,Ã‚Â 18Ã‚Â may have power, together with all the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s holy people,Ã‚Â to grasp how wide and long and high and deepÃ‚Â is the love of Christ,Ã‚Â 19Ã‚Â and to know this love that surpasses knowledgeÃ¢â‚¬â€that you may be filledÃ‚Â to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Ã‚Â Now to him who is ableÃ‚Â to do immeasurably more than all we askÃ‚Â or imagine, according to his powerÃ‚Â that is at work within us,Ã‚Â 21Ã‚Â to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
- Ephesians 3:15Ã‚Â The Greek forÃ‚Â familyÃ‚Â (patria) is derived from the Greek forÃ‚Â fatherÃ‚Â (pater).