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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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The Mystery Revealed


1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles
2 if indeed you have heard of the 1dispensation of the grace of God awhich was given to me for you,
3 ahow that by revelation bHe made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
6 that the Gentiles ashould be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,
7 aof which I became a minister baccording to the gift of the grace of God given to me by cthe effective working of His power.

Purpose of the Mystery

8 To me, awho am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles bthe unsearchable riches of Christ,
9 and to make all see what is the 1fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who acreated all things 2through Jesus Christ;
10 ato the intent that now bthe 1manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church cto the 2principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
11 aaccording to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 in whom we have boldness and

CHAPTER 3 References

2 aActs 9:15
3 aActs 22:17,
21; 26:16
b[Rom. 11:25;
16:25] 6 aGal. 3:28, 29
7 aRom. 15:16
bRom. 1:5
cRom. 15:18
8 a[1 Cor. 15:9] b[Col. 1:27;
2:2, 3] 9 aHeb. 1:2
1NU,M stewardship
2NU omits
through Jesus
10 a1 Pet. 1:12
b[1 Tim. 3:16] cCol. 1:16;
2:10, 15 1variegated
11 a[Eph. 1:4,
11] 12 aHeb. 4:16;
10:19, 35
13 aPhil. 1:14
b2 Cor. 1:6
14 aEph. 1:3
1NU omits of
our Lord Jesus
16 a[Phil. 4:19] bCol. 1:11
cRom. 7:22
17 aJohn 14:23
bCol. 1:23
18 aEph. 1:18
bRom. 8:39
19 aEph. 1:23
20 aRom. 16:25
b1 Cor. 2:9
cCol. 1:29
21 aRom. 11:36

CHAPTER 4 References

1 a1 Thess.
2:12 1Lit. in
3 aCol. 3:14
4 aRom. 12:5
5 a1 Cor. 1:13
bJude 3 c[Heb.
6:6] 6 aMal. 2:10
bRom. 11:36
1NU omits
you; M us
7 a[1 Cor. 12:7,
11] 8 aPs. 68:18
9 aJohn 3:13;
20:17 1NU
omits first
10 aActs 1:9
b[Eph. 1:23]


access awith confidence through faith in Him.
13 aTherefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, bwhich is your glory.

Appreciation of the Mystery

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the aFather 1of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 that He would grant you, aaccording to the riches of His glory, bto be strengthened with might through His Spirit in cthe inner man,
17 athat Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, bbeing rooted and grounded in love,
18 amay be able to comprehend with all the saints bwhat is the width and length and depth and height—
19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled awith all the fullness of God.
20 Now ato Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly babove all that we ask or think, caccording to the power that works in us,
21 ato Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Walk in Unity


1 I, therefore, the prisoner 1of the Lord, 2beseech you to awalk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit ain the bond of peace.
4 aThere is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 aone Lord, bone faith, cone baptism;
6 aone God and Father of all, who is above all, and bthrough all, and in 1you all.

Spiritual Gifts

7 But ato each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8 Therefore He says:

a“When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”

9 a(Now this, “He ascended”— what does it mean but that He also 1first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is also the One awho ascended far above all the heavens, bthat He might fill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

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12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, afor the 1edifying of bthe body of Christ,
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith aand of the knowledge of the Son of God, to ba perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 that we should no longer be achildren, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of bdeceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the ahead—Christ—
16 afrom whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

The New Man

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should ano longer walk as 1the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the ablindness of their heart;
19 awho, being past feeling, bhave given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ,
21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 that you aput off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
23 and abe renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and that you aput on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Do Not Grieve the Spirit

25 Therefore, putting away lying, a“Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for bwe are members of one another.
26 a“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27 anor give 1place to the devil.
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather alet him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something bto give him who has need.
29 aLet no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but bwhat is good for necessary 1edification, cthat

12 a1 Cor.
14:26 bCol.
1:24 1building
13 aCol. 2:2
b1 Cor. 14:20
14 a1 Cor.
14:20 bRom.
15 aEph. 1:22
16 aCol. 2:19
17 aEph. 2:2;
4:22 1NU
omits the rest
18 aRom. 1:21
19 a1 Tim. 4:2
b1 Pet. 4:3
22 aCol. 3:8
23 a[Rom.
12:2] 24 a[Rom. 6:4;
7:6; 12:2] 25 aZech. 8:16
bRom. 12:5
26 aPs. 4:4;
27 a[Rom.
12:19] 1an
28 aActs 20:35
bLuke 3:11
29 aCol. 3:8
b1 Thess. 5:11
cCol. 3:16
1building up
30 aIs. 7:13
31 aCol. 3:8, 19
bJames 4:11
cTitus 3:3
1loud quarreling
32 a2 Cor. 6:10
b[Mark 11:25]

it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And ado not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 aLet all bitterness, wrath, anger, 1clamor, and bevil speaking be put away from you, cwith all malice.
32 And abe kind to one another, tenderhearted, bforgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

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Prayer and Thanksgiving for the LORD’s Righteous Judgments

To the Chief Musician. To the tune of 1“Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David.

1 I WILL praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
2 I will be glad and arejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, bO Most High.

3 When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
4 For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
5 You have rebuked the 1nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have ablotted out their name forever and ever.

6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has aperished.
7 aBut the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8 aHe shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

9 The LORD also will be a arefuge1 for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.

PSALM 9 References

title 1Heb.
Muth Labben
2 aPs. 5:11;
104:34 b[Ps.
83:18; 92:1] 5 aProv. 10:7
6 a[Ps. 34:16] 7 aPs. 102:12,
26; Heb. 1:11
8 a[Ps. 96:13;
98:9; Acts
17:31] 9 aPs. 32:7;
46:1; 91:2 1Lit.
secure height
10 aPs. 91:14
11 aPs. 66:16;
12 a[Gen. 9:5;
Ps. 72:14] 1afflicted
14 aPs. 13:5;
20:5; 35:9
15 aPs. 7:15, 16
16 aEx. 7:5
bPs. 92:3
1Heb. Higgaion
17 aJob 8:13;
Ps. 50:22
18 aPs. 9:12;
12:5 b[Ps.
62:5; 71:5];
Prov. 23:18
19 1Gentiles
20 1Gentiles

10 And those who aknow Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! aDeclare His deeds among the people.
12 aWhen He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the 1humble.

13 Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of 1the daughter of Zion. I will arejoice in Your salvation.
15 aThe 1nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16 The LORD is aknown by the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. bMeditation.1 Selah

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the 1nations athat forget God.
18 aFor the needy shall not always be forgotten; bThe expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

19 Arise, O LORD, Do not let man prevail; Let the 1nations be judged in Your sight.
20 Put them in fear, O LORD, That the 1nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah




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