Ephesians 3:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

Ephesians 3:3, ESV: how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.

Ephesians 3:3, KJV: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

Ephesians 3:3, NASB: that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before briefly.

Ephesians 3:3, NLT: As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me.

Ephesians 3:3, CSB: The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have briefly written above.

What does Ephesians 3:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul had already referred, in shorter terms, to the mystery revealed to him in Ephesians 1:9–10 and Ephesians 2:11–22. God had to show Paul that Jews and Gentiles were equal partners in the church. Rather than being opposed, or hostile, they could now be part of one family. Paul will mention "mystery" three other times in this chapter (Ephesians 3:4, 6, 9), making it a theme of this section.

What can be known about this mystery? It was made known by revelation (Ephesians 3:3), came from Christ (Ephesians 3:4), involved Jews and Gentiles in equality as believers (Ephesians 3:6), and revealed something hidden in the past (Ephesians 3:9). Paul desired to proclaim the mystery of the gospel with boldness (Ephesians 6:19; Colossians 4:3). This mystery was also now revealed to other believers (Colossians 1:26). Paul also revealed the mystery of Christ returning (1 Corinthians 15:51–58).