19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,(A) but fellow citizens(B) with God’s people and also members of his household,(C) 20 built(D) on the foundation(E) of the apostles and prophets,(F) with Christ Jesus himself(G) as the chief cornerstone.(H) 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple(I) in the Lord.

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In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight(A) 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.(B) This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs(C) together with Israel, members together of one body,(D) and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.(E)

I became a servant of this gospel(F) by the gift of God’s grace given me(G) through the working of his power.(H) Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people,(I) this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles(J) the boundless riches of Christ,(K) and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,(L) which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God(M) should be made known(N) to the rulers and authorities(O) in the heavenly realms,(P) 11 according to his eternal purpose(Q) that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God(R) with freedom and confidence.(S) 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel(T) before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches(U) he may strengthen you with power(V) through his Spirit in your inner being,(W) 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts(X) through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted(Y) and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,(Z) to grasp how wide and long and high and deep(AA) is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge(AB)—that you may be filled(AC) to the measure of all the fullness of God.(AD)

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  1. Ephesians 3:15 The Greek for family (patria) is derived from the Greek for father (pater).

34 “A new command(A) I give you: Love one another.(B) As I have loved you, so you must love one another.(C) 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”(D)

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The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.(A) 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify(B) to the resurrection(C) of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace(D) was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them,(E) brought the money from the sales

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12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.(A) 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.(B)

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