As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,12
in which you used to live2 when you followed the ways of this world3 and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,4 the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.53
All of us also lived among them at one time,6 gratifying the cravings of our sinful naturea7 and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
But because of his great love for us,8 God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions9--it is by grace you have been saved.106
And God raised us up with Christ11 and seated us with him12 in the heavenly realms13 in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,14 expressed in his kindness15 to us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by grace16 you have been saved,17 through faith18--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
not by works,19 so that no one can boast.2010
For we are God's workmanship,21 created22 in Christ Jesus to do good works,23 which God prepared in advance for us to do.