Therefore, remember that formerly1 you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)2--
remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners3 to the covenants of the promise,4 without hope5 and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once6 were far away have been brought near7 through the blood of Christ.814
For he himself is our peace,9 who has made the two one10 and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
by abolishing in his flesh11 the law with its commandments and regulations.12 His purpose was to create in himself one13 new man out of the two, thus making peace,
and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross,14 by which he put to death their hostility.
He came and preached peace15 to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.1618
For through him we both have access17 to the Father18 by one Spirit.1919
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens,20 but fellow citizens21 with God's people and members of God's household,2220
built23 on the foundation24 of the apostles and prophets,25 with Christ Jesus himself26 as the chief cornerstone.2721
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple28 in the Lord.
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.29