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The Mystery Revealed
1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God #Acts 9:15which was given to me for you, 3#Acts 22:17, 21; 26:16how that by revelation #(Rom. 11:25; 16:25; Eph. 3:4, 9; 6:19); Col. 1:26; 4:3He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5which 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: 6that the Gentiles #Gal. 3:28, 29should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7#Rom. 15:16of which I became a minister #Rom. 1:5according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by #Rom. 15:18the effective working of His power.
Purpose of the Mystery
8To me, #(1 Cor. 15:9)who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles #(Col. 1:27; 2:2, 3)the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who #John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2created all things through Jesus Christ; 10#1 Pet. 1:12to the intent that now #(1 Tim. 3:16)the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church #Eph. 1:21; 6:12; Col. 1:16; 2:10, 15to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11#(Eph. 1:4, 11)according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access #2 Cor. 3:4; Heb. 4:16; 10:19, 35; (1 John 2:28; 3:21)with confidence through faith in Him. 13#Phil. 1:14Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, #2 Cor. 1:6which is your glory.
Appreciation of the Mystery
14For this reason I bow my knees to the #Eph. 1:3Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16that He would grant you, #(Eph. 1:7; 2:4; Phil. 4:19)according to the riches of His glory, #1 Cor. 16:13; Phil. 4:13; Col. 1:11to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in #Rom. 7:22the inner man, 17#John 14:23; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 13:5; (Eph. 2:22)that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, #Col. 1:23being rooted and grounded in love, 18#Eph. 1:18may be able to comprehend with all the saints #Rom. 8:39what is the width and length and depth and height— 19to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled #Eph. 1:23with all the fullness of God.
20Now #Rom. 16:25to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly #1 Cor. 2:9above all that we ask or think, #Col. 1:29according to the power that works in us, 21#Rom. 11:36to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.