1 FOR this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles, \'97
2 if you have heard of the gracious commission which God has given me to you,
3 that by revelation the mystery has been disclosed to me, as I wrote before briefly,
4 In reading that letter you can learn my understanding in the mystery of Christ,
5 a mystery which was not disclosed in other generations to the sons of men as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit,
6 namely, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, fellow sharers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the good news,
7 of which I became a servant according to the free grace of God which was given me by the inworking of his power.
8 To me, the least of all the holy, has this grace been given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the good news of the unsearchable riches of Christ
9 and to show what is the working of the mystery which has been hidden for ages in God, who created all things
10 in order to disclose now to the archangels and powers in the heavenly heights, through the church, the varied wisdom of God,
11 according to the eternal purpose which he has accomplished by Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in him.
13 So I beg you not to lose heart because of the distresses that come on me for your sake. They are a high honor to you.
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
16 that he may grant to you according to his glorious wealth to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, and that you, rooted and founded in love,
18 may be able with all the holy to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth \'97
19 yes, to know the love of Christ, which yet surpasses knowledge, and may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 To him who is able to do far beyond all we ask or think by the power that works in us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all the generations of the ages! Amen.