Paul's Relationship to the Divine Mystery
1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus1 for the sake of you Gentiles – 2 if indeed2 you have heard of the stewardship3 of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that4 by revelation the divine secret5 was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly.6 4 When reading this,7 you will be able to8 understand my insight into this secret9 of Christ. 5 Now this secret10 was not disclosed to people11 in former12 generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by13 the Spirit, 6 namely, that through the gospel14 the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members15 of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. 7 I became a servant of this gospel16 according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by17 the exercise of his power.18 8 To me – less than the least of all the saints19 – this grace was given,20 to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ 9 and to enlighten21 everyone about God’s secret plan22 – a secret that has been hidden for ages23 in God24 who has created all things. 10 The purpose of this enlightenment is that25 through the church the multifaceted wisdom26 of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. 11 This was according to27 the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access28 to God29 because of30 Christ’s31 faithfulness.32 13 For this reason I ask you33 not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you,34 which35 is your glory.36
Prayer for Strengthened Love
14 For this reason37 I kneel38 before the Father,39 15 from40 whom every family41 in heaven and on the earth is named. 16 I pray that42 according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, 18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,43 19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to44 all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power that is working within us45 is able to do far beyond46 all that we ask or think, 21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.