This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— for surely you already know God gave me the special responsibility of announcing his grace to you non-Jews. As I briefly wrote earlier, this mysterious plan was made known to me by God himself through his revelation. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal this mystery to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets. And this is it: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News become equal heirs in God’s family. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the same promises of blessing because they both belong to Christ Jesus. By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Though I am the very least of all God’s saints, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and his faithfulness, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Ephesians 3:1–12