As we observe the celebration of Epiphany with the coming of the wise men, I think it is most appropriate to remember not just who brought them to see and gift the Infant, but to keep in mind why He did this. So, we turn to the final three verses of our text, where we read:
“to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,  so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,  in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”
Paul readily acknowledged that his salvation had a deeper purpose – to bring others to salvation through the Holy Spirit’s power. In this insight Paul found a purpose in life, a true reason for living. In this purpose Paul discovered the ability to endure hardship, shipwreck, imprisonment, and eventual martyrdom. It equipped Paul with “boldness and access with confidence through (his) faith” in Christ.
We, friends, are the direct beneficiaries of Paul’s boldness and confidence. No matter of our national heritage, ethnic background, sex or sexual orientation, age, or level of education we share this in common. We are the ones for whom Jesus Christ was born, lived, died, and rose from the dead. We are now the generation given the job of declaring Christ to the nations. We are now the ones “to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places”
So, we pray: “Lord Jesus, send us your Spirit so that we may with boldness and confidence share the news of life and salvation through Your holy name. Amen.”