For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Hi Sandi: You post the most beautiful Scriptures and other beautiful Christian writings.ReplyDelete
Thank-you from my heart.
It will be so interesting to meet Paul in person. Love to pray his prayer for my people...'filled to the measure of all the fullness of God'.ReplyDelete
Thank you for these enlightening Bible verses. Let the Lord be our guide all the time. BlessingsReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
many thanks for stopping by...and wishing me well. my sore, "purple" body is starting to heal!!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much.ReplyDelete
Have a good weekend.ReplyDelete
I love that last verse! It's what our Pastor often ends the Sunday service with.ReplyDelete
Thank goodness for Paul and his ministry to the Gentiles! I just noticed the Leonard McCoy quotes. There was only one Paul, one you, one me. It's pretty amazing. Each of us is precious. Have a great weekend, Sandi!ReplyDelete
Amen. Thank you, Sandi.ReplyDelete
Great prayers from the Bible! Whole world's humanity really needs prayers. Thanks for the post. Greetings.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sandi. Blessings- xo DianaReplyDelete
Amen! Powerful words!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this.ReplyDelete
Praise God for His Word to us! Yesterday, today, forever.ReplyDelete
Boa noite Sandi. Parabéns por compartilhar a Palavra de Deus.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
I do love Paul's writing. I feel he was a very feeling and in touch person. His words are beautiful. Praise God.ReplyDelete
Hi Sandi, every scripture shared online will speak spiritually to many people, always in a good way. God bless.ReplyDelete
Thanks for encouraging words.ReplyDelete
Amen. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan