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1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto 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 hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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1 Sarah Mangum = "The second reading: Ephesians 3:1-12from the Feast of the Epiphany serviceSt. David's Episcopal Church, Austin, TXJanuary 6, 2015"
2 Cary W = "The mystery of God's work in Paul, was that though he was a dedicated Jew, adhering to following the laws of God, even to the point of being one of Christianity's worst persecutors, after Jesus revealed (and blinded) Paul, he then became the first voice for the gospel of reconciliation for all people.  The gentiles, or all of us not part of God's chosen Jewish people, are now grafted in by grace to be called the people of God."
3 Cary W = "Paul continually offers all the praise and glory to the One Who works in him, by grace.  And such a grace and message as to allow all people to know the unsearchable riches of Christ, the manifold wisdom of God revealed in His people, His Church!"
4 Cary W = "Paul is right in saying, the least of among the saints, based upon his past actions and choices, yet now touched by this light and grace, has no other passion but to spread this unlimited love, grace and power to each and every soul he encounters."
5 Cary W = "We have confidence before God only because of the shed blood of Christ which forever removed the curse of being law breakers.  As we focus on Him and His work, and the price He paid, as our substitute, we remain in the light that enables continuous fellowship with God through His Spirit given us, placed within our hearts, unmovable."
6 Cary W = "Paul is quite aware of how tempted we are, especially when buffeted by trouble or tribulation, to faulter in our faith and devotion to God.  This prayer then, is a profound request, that we continually be strengthened in our inner man, grounded in love, and to understand with all the saints the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God."
7 Cary W = "We are encouraged here to be filled with all the fullness of God!  Oh that our weak hearts could just believe this to be the only true and divine will for our life each hour and day...to be filled with His Fullness!"
8 Cary W = "God desires to fill each of us up with His fullness.  This is really hard to comprehend, yet as we are open to receive this gift of the fullness of God, so shall it be revealed in us.  Amen, make it so, and it is done!"
9 Cary W = "Paul's prayer then goes beyond even the last great request for the fullness of God to be revealed by glorifying the Spirit that does exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask and think, according to His great power at work within us."
10 Deena E = ""according to the power that works in us"We ask, we think, we envision, but God is able to exceed (surpass the length of)  in abundance (flow over the width of) above (go beyond the depth or height of) our limited imagination, and He does it through His Spirit working in and through us."