Paul's Ministry to the Gentiles
3:1For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles,-- 3:2if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward; 3:3how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words, 3:4whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ; 3:5which in other generation was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 3:6to wit, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
3:7whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power. 3:8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 3:9and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things; 3:10to the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God, 3:11according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 3:12in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him. 3:13Wherefore I ask that ye may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.
Prayer for the Readers
3:14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, 3:15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 3:16that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; 3:17that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 3:19and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fulness of God.
3:20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 3:21unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen.
Fillmore Study Bible annotations compiled by Mark Hicks
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