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Ephesians 2 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And to you did he give life, when you were dead through your wrongdoing and sins, 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 In which you were living in the past, after the ways of this present world, doing the pleasure of the lord of the power of the air, the spirit who is now working in those who go against the purpose of 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 Among whom we all at one time were living in the pleasures of our flesh, giving way to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and the punishment of God was waiting for us even as for the rest. 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, being full of mercy, through the great love which he had for us, 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 Even when we were dead through our sins, gave us life together with Christ (by grace you have salvation), 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
6 So that we came back from death with him, and are seated with him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus; 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 That in the time to come he might make clear the full wealth of his grace in his mercy 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 Because by grace you have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is given by 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 Not by works, so that no man may take glory to himself. 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 For by his act we were given existence in Christ Jesus to do those good works which God before made ready for us so that we might do them. 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 For this reason keep it in mind that in the past you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are looked on as being outside the circumcision by those who have circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; 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 That you were at that time without Christ, being cut off from any part in Israel's rights as a nation, having no part in God's agreement, having no hope, and without God in the world. 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 at one time were far off are made near in 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 he is our peace, who has made the two into one, and by whom the middle wall of division has been broken down, 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15 Having in his flesh put an end to that which made the division between us, even the law with its rules and orders, so that he might make in himself, of the two, one new man, so 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 And that the two might come into agreement with God in one body through the cross, so putting an end to that division. 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 And he came preaching peace to you who were far off, and to those who were near; 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
18 Because through him the two of us are able to come near in one Spirit to the Father. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 So then you are no longer as those who have no part or place in the kingdom of God, but you are numbered among the saints, and 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 Resting on the base of the Apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief keystone, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
21 In whom all the building, rightly joined together, comes to be a holy house of God in the Lord; 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22 In whom you, with the rest, are united together as a living-place of God in the Spirit. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.