Ephesians 2 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You were living in your sins and lawless ways. But in fact you were dead. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 You used to live as sinners when you followed the ways of this world. You served the one who rules over the spiritual forces of evil. He is the spirit who is now at work in those who don't 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 At one time we all lived among them. We tried to satisfy what our sinful nature wanted to do. We followed its longings and thoughts. God was angry with us and everyone else because of the kind of people we were. 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 loves us deeply. He is full of mercy. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 So he gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God's grace has saved you. 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
6 God raised us up with Christ. He has seated us with him in his heavenly kingdom because we belong to Christ Jesus. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 He has done it to show the riches of his grace for all time to come. His grace can't be compared with anything else. He has shown it by being kind to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 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 God's grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn't come from anything you do. It is God's gift. 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 is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it. 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 God made us. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do good things. Long ago God prepared them 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 who are not Jews by birth, here is what I want you to remember. You are called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "circumcised." But they have only been circumcised in their bodies by human 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 Before you believed in Christ, you were separated from him. You were not considered to be citizens of Israel. You were not included in what the covenants promised. You were without 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 At one time you were far away from God. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. He spilled his blood for you. That has brought you near to God. 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 has made Jews and non-Jews into one group of people. He has destroyed the hatred that was like a wall between us. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15 Through his body on the cross, Christ put an end to the law with all its commands and rules. He wanted to create one new group of people out of the two. He wanted to make peace between them. 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 He planned to bring both of them as one body back to God because of the cross. Christ put their hatred to death on that 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 He came and preached peace to you who were far away. He also preached peace 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 Through Christ we both come to the Father by the power of one Holy Spirit. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 So you are no longer strangers and outsiders. You are citizens together with God's people. You are members of 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 a building that is built on the apostles and prophets. They are the foundation. Christ Jesus himself is the most important stone in the building. 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
21 The whole building is held together by him. It rises to become a holy temple because it belongs to the Lord. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22 And because you belong to him, you too are being built together. You are being made into a house 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.