Ephesians 3:9
New International Version
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

New Living Translation
I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

English Standard Version
and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,

Berean Study Bible
and to illuminate for everyone the stewardship of this mystery, which for ages past was hidden in God, who created all things.

Berean Literal Bible
and to enlighten all what is the administration of the mystery having been hidden from the ages in God, the One having created all things,

New American Standard Bible
and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;

King James Bible
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 Jesus Christ:

Christian Standard Bible
and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.

Contemporary English Version
God, who created everything, wanted me to help everyone understand the mysterious plan that had always been hidden in his mind.

Good News Translation
and of making all people see how God's secret plan is to be put into effect. God, who is the Creator of all things, kept his secret hidden through all the past ages,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.

International Standard Version
and help everyone see how this secret that has been at work was hidden for ages by God, who created all things.

NET Bible
and to enlighten everyone about God's secret plan--a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things.

New Heart English Bible
and to bring to light for all what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And that I may enlighten every person by the administration of the mystery which was hidden from the world in God The Creator of all,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He allowed me to explain the way this mystery works. God, who created all things, kept it hidden in the past.

New American Standard 1977
and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;

Jubilee Bible 2000
and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the ages has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
And to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

American King James Version
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

American Standard Version
and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And to enlighten all men, that they may see what is the dispensation of the mystery which hath been hidden from eternity in God, who created all things:

Darby Bible Translation
and to enlighten all [with the knowledge of] what is the administration of the mystery hidden throughout the ages in God, who has created all things,

English Revised Version
and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which from all ages hath been hid in God who created all things;

Webster's Bible Translation
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 Jesus Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
and to show all men in a clear light what my stewardship is. It is the stewardship of the truth which from all the Ages lay concealed in the mind of God, the Creator of all things--

World English Bible
and to make all men see what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
and to cause all to see what is the fellowship of the secret that hath been hid from the ages in God, who the all things did create by Jesus Christ,
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
The Mystery of the Gospel
8Though I am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to illuminate for everyone the stewardship of this mystery, which for ages past was hidden in God, who created all things. 10His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,…
Cross References
Romans 11:25
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not be conceited: A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

Romans 16:25
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,

Ephesians 3:2
Surely you have heard about the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,

Ephesians 3:3
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

Ephesians 3:4
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

Ephesians 6:19
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, divine utterance may be given me, so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel,

Colossians 1:26
the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations but is now revealed to His saints,

Colossians 3:3
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 4:3
as you pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

Revelation 4:11
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things; by Your will they exist, and came to be."

Treasury of Scripture

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

to.

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you …

Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …

Mark 16:15,16 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, …

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting …

fellowship.

Ephesians 3:3-5 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote …

Ephesians 1:9,10 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

beginning.

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, …

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, …

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

1 Peter 1:20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but …

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the …

hid.

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, …

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

created.

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of …

Isaiah 44:24 Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, and he that formed you from the …

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …

John 5:17,19 But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work…

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

Colossians 1:16,17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Hebrews 1:2,3 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

Hebrews 3:3,4 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch …







Lexicon
and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

to illuminate
φωτίσαι (phōtisai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 5461: From phos; to shed rays, i.e. To shine or to brighten up.

for everyone
πάντας (pantas)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

stewardship
οἰκονομία (oikonomia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3622: Management of household affairs, stewardship, administration. From oikonomos; administration; specially, a 'economy'.

of [this]
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

mystery,
μυστηρίου (mystēriou)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3466: From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'.

which
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

for
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

ages past
αἰώνων (aiōnōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 165: From the same as aei; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity; by implication, the world; specially a Messianic period.

was hidden
ἀποκεκρυμμένου (apokekrymmenou)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 613: To hide away, conceal, keep secret. From apo and krupto; to conceal away; figuratively, to keep secret.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

God,
Θεῷ (Theō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

who
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

created
κτίσαντι (ktisanti)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2936: To create, form, shape, make, always of God. Probably akin to ktaomai; to fabricate, i.e. Found.

all things.
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
(9) To make all men see.--St. Paul speaks here first of manifestation to all men. The phrase used in the original is at once stronger and weaker than our version of it. It is stronger, for the word is, properly, to enlighten or illuminate--the same word used above (Ephesians 1:18), "the eyes of your heart being enlightened." Strictly, Christ alone is the Light of the world, "which enlightens every man" (John 1:4-5; John 1:9; John 8:2); but, as reflecting Him, He declared His servants to be the "light of the world." Yet it is weaker, for while we can enlighten, it is our daily sorrow that we cannot "make men see." Even He wept over Jerusalem because His light was, by wilful blindness, "hidden from their eyes" (Luke 19:41). To "open the eyes, and turn men from darkness to light," although (as in Acts 26:18) attributed in general terms to the servants of God, because naturally following on their ministry, is properly the work of the Holy Spirit, even in relation to the words of our Lord Himself (John 14:26).

The fellowship of the mystery.--Both MS. authority and internal evidence point here to "the dispensation of the mystery" as the true reading. Probably here the reference is not to the commission of the mystery to the Apostle (as in Ephesians 3:2), but (as in Ephesians 1:10) to the law or order which God Himself has ordained for the manifestation of the truth, both to men and angels.

Who created all things by Jesus Christ.--The words "by Jesus Christ" should be omitted, probably having crept in from a gloss, and not belonging to the original. The description of God as "He who created all things," material and spiritual, is here emphatic--designed to call attention to the dispensation of the gospel as existing in the primeval purpose of the Divine Mind (comp. Ephesians 1:4; 1Corinthians 1:7), hidden from the beginning of the world (properly, from the ages) till the time of its revelation was come. The New Testament constantly dwells on this view of the Mediation of Christ, as belonging in some form to the relation of humanity to God in itself, and not merely to that relation as affected by the Fall; but nowhere with greater emphasis than in the profound and universal teaching of these Epistles.

Verse 9. - And to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery. Another branch of his office, and another fruit of God's grace in conferring it. He was not only to benefit man, but also to vindicate God. For "fellowship of the mystery" (A.V.), the R.V. has "dispensation of the mystery," founded on the preference of the reading οἰκονομια, for which there is a great preponderance of authority over κοινωνία. It was the apostle's function to show how this mystery had been dispensed - concealed for a long time and at last revealed. Which from the beginning of the ages hath been hid in God. The counsel itself was πρὸ τῶν αἰώνων, before the foundation of the world; the concealment of it ἀπό τῶν αἰώνων, from the beginning of the ages, when there were intelligent beings capable of understanding it - whether angels or men. Whatever the angels may have known of the Divine plans, this feature of them was not known till revealed to the New Testament Church. Who created all things. The reason for adding this particular designation of God is not obvious; probably it is to indicate the relation of the matter in hand to the mightiest works of God. This is no trifling matter; it connects itself with God's grandest operations; it has supremely glorious bearings. It might be supposed to have relations only to one race and to one period of time; but it has relations to "all things;" it is an integral element in God's plan. The words, by Jesus Christ (A.V.), are not found in a great preponderance of textual authorities. 3:8-12 Those whom God advances to honourable employments, he makes low in their own eyes; and where God gives grace to be humble, there he gives all other needful grace. How highly he speaks of Jesus Christ; the unsearchable riches of Christ! Though many are not enriched with these riches; yet how great a favour to have them preached among us, and to have an offer of them! And if we are not enriched with them it is our own fault. The first creation, when God made all things out of nothing, and the new creation, whereby sinners are made new creatures by converting grace, are of God by Jesus Christ. His riches are as unsearchable and as sure as ever, yet while angels adore the wisdom of God in the redemption of his church, the ignorance of self-wise and carnal men deems the whole to be foolishness.
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