|Ephesians 3 |
1 For this reason, I, Paul, am the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God that is given to me for you.
3 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few a words,
4 In which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 So that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ through the gospel,
7 Of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of his power.
8 This grace is given to me, who is less than the least of all saints, so that I should preach the unsearchable riches of Christ among the Gentiles,
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,1 which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ;
10 To the intent that through the church the manifold [many sided and varied] wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places,
11 According to the eternal purpose that he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by faith in him.
13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts2 by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height [of His love];
19 So to know the love of Christ, which exceeds all knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, [From the Word of the Lord within: "Hope releases the power of God to change you." What hope? The true hope: the hope to become pure and sin free, to be translated into the kingdom while still on earth, and to enter union with Christ and the Father.]
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
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1 The fellowship of the mystery: Paul in Eph 2: He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ, Eph 2:5. John, writing to remote believers: that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3. Paul, writing in Hebrews: But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect. A fellowship in the Spirit with: 1) other mature believers throughout the world, 2) with the Father, 3) with Christ, and 4) the spirits of just men past made perfect. George Fox said the fellowship of the flesh was nothing compared to the fellowship in the Spirit; and urged the believers to not know each other in the flesh, but to know each other in the Spirit. Fellowship in the flesh, socializing with people of the world, and conversation in general should all be avoided.
2 Christ dwelling in your hearts by faith. This is a threatening concept to many sects that can only imagine a Lord in a far-off heaven sitting on a throne, looking like a man. Christ is spirit. He (Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Col 1:17. Christ is spirit. "Do I not fill the heavens and earth?" says the Lord. Jer 23:24. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gal 4:6. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, Col 3:15.
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