Ephesians 3:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

Ephesians 3:9, ESV: and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,

Ephesians 3:9, KJV: 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:

Ephesians 3:9, NASB: and to enlighten all people as to what the plan of the mystery is which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;

Ephesians 3:9, NLT: I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

Ephesians 3:9, CSB: and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.

What does Ephesians 3:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul's mission was to Gentiles in particular, but by no means was his message limited. He preached to both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 1:16; Acts 13:13–43). He spoke in Israel and far beyond, seeking even to take the gospel to Spain (Romans 15:24, 28). This preaching included "the plan of the mystery hidden for ages." The mystery was that Jews and Gentiles could receive salvation equally through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:3–6).

This mystery was revealed from God. Paul references God as creator (Genesis 1:1), affirming God's direct design of all things, living and non–living. He also referred to God as creator in Romans 1:25 and Colossians 3:10. God is the "Creator of the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 40:28). In Ephesians 2:10, Paul wrote of believers being created in Christ Jesus for good works, affirming Jesus elsewhere as creator and equal with God (Colossians 1:16). Paul taught that "everything created by God is good" (1 Timothy 4:4). Hebrews 11:3 adds "that the universe was created by the word of God," while Revelation 4:11 declares God's creation of all things by His will.