Ephesians 3

This devotional is written by Rebecca Farrow.

Ephesians 3

God’s marvellous plan for the Gentiles
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles –

2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 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. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, 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 should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 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 before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


For many years I had ‘rooted and established’ written in many places, such as on work planners.  I think I find this part of the text inspiring as it makes us realise a biblical truth, God loves me and I matter.  In fact, I got students to write this in their books this week, it was in the context of a lesson.

The other element that strikes me so, is to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
Over the years, so many people have been killed and are still killed for proclaiming the gospel.  But I do wonder, how many of us have been met with silence/or the cold shoulder for speaking out.

Prisoner Paul knows the holy spirit and knows that the only way he is able to have strength in his situation. He wants you to know how deep, wide and long God’s love is for you.  I have lost count of the number of times I have prayed this beautiful truth over people at the front online or over the phone.  Often, knowing that we are loved by God and matter is the most important thing.
So, if you are in need of love, remind yourself that God loves you and you matter.

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