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GOD’S WORD Translation

Ephesians 3:1–11

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Paul’s Work of Spreading the Good News

This is the reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesusa for those of you who are not Jewish.

Certainly, you have heard how God gave me the responsibility of bringing his kindnessb to you. You have heard that he let me know this mystery through a revelation. I’ve already written to you about this briefly. When you read this, you’ll see that I understand the mystery about Christ. In the past, this mystery was not known by people as it is now. The Spirit has now revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is the Good News that people who are not Jewish have the same inheritance as Jewish people do. They belong to the same body and share the same promise that God made in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this Good News through God’s kindness freely given to me when his power worked in me.

I am the least of all God’s people. Yet, God showed me his kindness by allowing me to spread the Good News of the immeasurable wealth of Christ to people who are not Jewish. He allowed me to explain the way this mystery works. God, who created all things, kept it hidden in the past. 10 He did this so that now, through the church, he could let the rulers and authorities in heaven know his infinite wisdom. 11 This was God’s plan for all of history which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

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a

3:1 Some manuscripts omit “Jesus.”

b

3:2 Or “grace.”

enclose words that the translation team supplied because the context contains meaning that is not explicitly stated in the original language.