1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles??2 for surely you have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God entrusted to me for you? 3 You have heard how by direct revelation the secret truth was made known to me, as I have already briefly written you. 4 By reading what I have written, you can judge of my insight into that secret truth of Christ 5 which was not disclosed to the sons of men in former generations, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets, 6 namely, that in Christ Jesus the Gentiles form one body with us the Jews, and are coheirs and copartners in the promise, through the gospel. 7 It is of this gospel I became a minister according to the gift of the power of the grace of God, bestowed on me by the energy of his power.
8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, has this grace been given, that I should proclaim among the Gentiles the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 and should make all men see the new dispensation of that secret purpose, hidden from eternity in the God who founded the universe, 10 in order that now his manifold wisdom should, through the church, be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly sphere, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him we have this fearless confidence and boldness of access through our faith in him. 13 So I beg you not to lose heart over my tribulations in your behalf; they are your glory.
14 For this cause I bend my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every fatherhood in heaven and earth is named, 16 praying him to grant you according to the riches of his glory to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in your inmost being; 17 that Christ may make his home in your hearts through your faith; that you may be so deeply rooted and so firmly grounded in love, 18 that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is "the breadth," "the length," "the depth," and "the height," 19 and may know the love of Christ which transcends all knowing, so that you may be filled with all the "plenitude" of God.