Ephesians 2 New American Standard Bible

Saved by Grace

2 1  And you were dead in your trespasses and sins , 2  in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world , according to the prince of the power of the air , of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience . 3  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh , indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind , and were by nature children of wrath , even as the rest .

4  But God , being rich in mercy , because of His great love with which He loved us, 5  even when we were dead in our transgressions , made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved ), 6  and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus , 7  so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus . 8  For by grace you have been saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves , it is the gift of God ; 9  not as a result of works , so that no one may boast . 10  For we are His workmanship , created in Christ Jesus for good works , which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

One New Man in Christ

11  Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh , who are called " Uncircumcision " by the so-called " Circumcision ," which is performed in the flesh by human hands - 12  remember that you were at that time separate from Christ , excluded from the commonwealth of Israel , and strangers to the covenants of promise , having no hope and without God in the world . 13  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ .

14  For He Himself is our peace , who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall , 15  by abolishing in His flesh the enmity , which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances , so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man , thus establishing peace , 16  and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross , by it having put to death the enmity . 17  AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY , AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR ; 18  for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father . 19  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens , but you are fellow citizens with the saints , and are of God's household , 20  having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets , Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21  in whom the whole building , being fitted together , is growing into a holy temple in the Lord , 22  in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit .

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