Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Test its length! 14 For this reason I kneel(X) before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. Be proud! And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. 7-8 This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. Ephesians 3:16-19 I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit - not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength - that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. 8-10 And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. Reach out and experience the breadth! 3 I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. 20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! Plumb the depths! I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. 8-10 And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. 1 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. Oh, yes! $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. (L) 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people,(M) this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles(N) the boundless riches of Christ,(O) 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,(P) which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. 3 1-3 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. 11-13 All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. 3 1-3 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. Be proud! Plumb the depths! Ephesians 3 The Message (MSG) The Secret Plan of God. MSG. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! 11-13 All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. 2 I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. Ephesians 3. Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner(A) of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—, 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me(B) for you, 3 that is, the mystery(C) made known to me by revelation,(D) as I have already written briefly. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God.