I, Paul the servant of Christ, am here in jail because of you–for preaching that you Gentiles are a part of God’s house. No doubt you already know that God has given me this special work of showing God’s favor to you Gentiles, as I briefly mentioned before in one of my letters. God himself showed me this secret plan of his, that the Gentiles, too, are

included in his kindness. I say this to explain to you how I know about these things. In olden times God did not share this plan with his people, but now he has revealed it by the Holy Spirit to his apostles and prophets.

And this is the secret: that the Gentiles will have their full share with the Jews in all the riches inherited by God’s sons; both are invited to belong to his Church, and all of God’s promises of mighty blessings through Christ apply to them both when they accept the Good News about Christ and what he has done for them. God has given me the wonderful privilege of telling everyone about this plan of his; and he has given me his power and special ability to do it well.

Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the most useless Christian there is, yet I was the one chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles the Glad News of the endless treasures available to them in Christ; and to explain to everyone that God is the Savior of the Gentiles too, just as he who made all things had secretly planned from the very beginning.

And his reason? To show to all the rulers in heaven how perfectly wise he is when all of his family-Jews and Gentiles alike-are seen to be joined together in his Church.

NOTE: These verses are from the KIDS APPLICATION BIBLE

  1. For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Je’-sus Christ for you Gen’-tiles,
  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 known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spir’-it;
  6. That the Gen’-tiles 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 Gen’-tiles 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 Je’-sus 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,

NOTE: These verses are from THE KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE.


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