Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以弗所書 3:1-21

外族人的福音使者

1為此,我保羅為了把基督耶穌傳給你們外族人而作了囚犯。 2相信你們已經聽說了,上帝委派我將祂的恩典傳給你們。 3祂藉著啟示讓我明白福音的奧祕,正如我前面簡要提過的。 4你們讀過之後,就能明白我對基督的奧祕有深刻的認識。 5自古以來,上帝沒有讓人知道這奧祕,如今祂藉著聖靈將這奧祕啟示給祂的聖使徒和先知。 6這奧祕就是外族人能夠在基督耶穌裡藉著福音與以色列人同作後嗣,同為一體,同享應許。

7上帝運用大能賜給我恩典,叫我成為這福音的使者。 8我本來比最卑微的聖徒還卑微,卻蒙上帝賜我這恩典,讓我把基督那測不透的豐富傳給外族人, 9讓全人類都明白世代隱藏在創造萬物的上帝裡面的奧祕, 10目的是為了透過教會讓天上的執政者和掌權者現在可以看出上帝豐富的智慧。 11這是上帝萬世以前在我們主基督耶穌裡定好的計劃。 12我們靠著基督、藉著信祂可以坦然無懼、毫無疑慮地來到上帝面前。 13所以,我請求各位不要因我為你們受苦而沮喪,這其實是你們的榮耀。

基督的愛

14-15為此,我跪在天地萬物的本源——天父面前, 16祈求祂按照自己豐富的榮耀,藉著祂的靈,以大能使你們內在的生命剛強起來, 17使基督藉著你們的信心住在你們心裡,使你們在愛中扎根、堅立, 18以便能夠與眾聖徒一同領悟基督的愛是多麼長闊高深, 19並知道基督的愛是遠超過人所能理解的愛,好叫上帝無限的豐富充滿你們。

20上帝的能力運行在我們裡面,能夠豐豐富富地成就一切,超過我們所求所想的。 21願祂在教會中,在基督耶穌裡得到榮耀,直到世世代代,永永遠遠。阿們!

New International Reader's Version

Ephesians 3:1-21

God’s Wonderful Plan for the Gentiles

1I, Paul, am a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. I am in prison because of my work among you who are Gentiles.

2I am sure you have heard that God appointed me to share his grace with you. 3I’m talking about the mystery God showed me. I have already written a little about it. 4By reading about this mystery, you will be able to understand what I know. You will know about the mystery of Christ. 5The mystery was not made known to people of other times. But now the Holy Spirit has made this mystery known to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6Here is the mystery. Because of the good news, God’s promises are for Gentiles as well as for Jews. Both groups are parts of one body. They share in the promise. It belongs to them because they belong to Christ Jesus.

7I now serve the good news because God gave me his grace. His power is at work in me. 8I am by far the least important of all the Lord’s holy people. But he gave me the grace to preach to the Gentiles about the unlimited riches that Christ gives. 9God told me to make clear to everyone how the mystery came about. In times past it was kept hidden in the mind of God, who created all things. 10He wanted the rulers and authorities in the heavenly world to come to know his great wisdom. The church would make it known to them. 11That was God’s plan from the beginning. He has fulfilled his plan through Christ Jesus our Lord. 12Through him and through faith in him we can approach God. We can come to him freely. We can come without fear. 13So here is what I’m asking you to do. Don’t lose hope because I am suffering for you. It will lead to the time when God will give you his glory.

Paul Prays for the Ephesians

14I bow in prayer to the Father because of my work among you. 15From the Father every family in heaven and on earth gets its name. 16I pray that he will use his glorious riches to make you strong. May his Holy Spirit give you his power deep down inside you. 17Then Christ will live in your hearts because you believe in him. And I pray that your love will have deep roots. I pray that it will have a strong foundation. 18May you have power together with all the Lord’s holy people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is. 19And may you know his love, even though it can’t be known completely. Then you will be filled with everything God has for you.

20God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us. 21Give him glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Give him glory through all time and for ever and ever. Amen.