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1 In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 At that time you followed the world's evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
3 Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God's anger. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
4 But God's mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God's grace that you have been saved. 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
6 In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus. 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
8 For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
9 but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it. 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
11 You Gentiles by birth - called "the uncircumcised" by the Jews, who call themselves the circumcised (which refers to what men do to their bodies) - remember what you were in the past. 11 Therefore, remember that formerly 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)--
12 At that time you were apart from Christ. You were foreigners and did not belong to God's chosen people. You had no part in the covenants, which were based on God's promises to his people, and you lived in this world without hope and without God. 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
13 But now, in union with Christ Jesus you, who used to be far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
14 For Christ himself has brought us peace by making Jews and Gentiles one people. With his own body he broke down the wall that separated them and kept them enemies. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15 He abolished the Jewish Law with its commandments and rules, in order to create out of the two races one new people in union with himself, in this way making peace. 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,
16 By his death on the cross Christ destroyed their enmity; by means of the cross he united both races into one body and brought them back to God. 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
17 So Christ came and preached the Good News of peace to all - to you Gentiles, who were far away from God, and to the Jews, who were near to him. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
18 It is through Christ that all of us, Jews and Gentiles, are able to come in the one Spirit into the presence of the Father. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now citizens together with God's people and members of the family of God. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,
20 You, too, are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself. 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
21 He is the one who holds the whole building together and makes it grow into a sacred temple dedicated to the Lord. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22 In union with him you too are being built together with all the others into a place where God lives through his Spirit. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.