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Chapter 3

1This is why I, Paul, whom Jesus the Christ has made a prisoner for the sake of you heathen— 2if at least you have heard how I dealt with the mercy of God that was given me for you, 3and how the secret was made known to me by revelation, as I have just briefly written. 4As you read that, you will be able to understand the insight I have into the secret of the Christ 5(which in past ages was not disclosed to mankind as fully as it has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets) 6that through union with Christ Jesus the heathen are fellow-heirs with the Jews, belong to the same body and share the promise with them, through the good news 7for which I became a worker by virtue of the gift of God’s mercy which by the exercise of his power he has given me. 8To me, the very least of all his people, this favor has been given, of preaching to the heathen the inexhaustible wealth of the Christ, 9and making clear how the secret purpose is to be worked out which has been hidden away for ages in God the creator of all things, 10so that the many-sided wisdom of God may now through the church be made known to the rulers and authorities in heaven, 11fulfilling the eternal purpose which God carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12Through union with him and through faith in him, we have courage to approach God with confidence. 13So I ask that what I am having to suffer for your sake may not make me lose heart, for it does you honor.

14For this reason I kneel before the Father 15from whom every family in heaven or on earth takes its name, 16and beg him out of his wealth of glory to strengthen you mightily through his Spirit in your inner nature 17and through your faith to let Christ in his love make his home in your hearts. Your roots must be deep and your foundations strong, 18so that you and all God’s people may be strong enough to grasp what breadth, length, height, and depth mean, 19and to understand Christ’s love, so far beyond our understanding, so that you may be filled with the very fulness of God. 20To him who by the exertion of his power within us can do unutterably more than all we ask or imagine, 21be glory through the church and through Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever. Amen.

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