Ephesians 2 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 Yes, in the past you lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey 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 In the past all of us lived like them, trying to please our sinful selves and doing all the things our bodies and minds wanted. We should have suffered God's anger because of the way we were. We were the same as all other people. 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 great, and he loved us very much. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God's grace. 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
6 And he raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with him in the heavens. He did this for those in Christ Jesus 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 so that for all future time he could show the very great riches of his grace by being kind to 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 I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
9 It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it. 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. 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 were not born Jewish. You are the people the Jews call "uncircumcised." Those who call you "uncircumcised" call themselves "circumcised." (Their circumcision is only something they themselves do on their bodies.) 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 Remember that in the past you were without Christ. You were not citizens of Israel, and you had no part in the agreementsn with the promise that God made to his people. You had no hope, and you did not know 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 Christ Jesus, you who were far away from God are brought near through the blood of Christ's death. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
14 Christ himself is our peace. He made both Jewish people and those who are not Jews one people. They were separated as if there were a wall between them, but Christ broke down that wall of hate by giving his own body. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15 The Jewish law had many commands and rules, but Christ ended that law. His purpose was to make the two groups of people become one new people in him and in this way make 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 It was also Christ's purpose to end the hatred between the two groups, to make them into one body, and to bring them back to God. Christ did all this with his death on the cross. 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 Christ came and preached peace to you who were far away from God, and to those who were near to God. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
18 Yes, it is through Christ we all have the right to come to the Father in one Spirit. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Now you who are not Jewish are not foreigners or strangers any longer, but are citizens together with God's holy people. You belong to God's family. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,
20 You are like a building that was built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the most important stonen in that building, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
21 and that whole building is joined together in Christ. He makes it grow and become a holy temple in the Lord. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22 And in Christ you, too, are being built together with the Jews into a place where God lives through the Spirit. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.