Ephesians 2 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of 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 All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God's anger just like everyone else. 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 is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor 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 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms -- all because we are one with Christ Jesus. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through 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 God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is 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 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 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 Don't forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders by birth. You were called "the uncircumcised ones" by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. 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 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from God's people, Israel, and you did not know the promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 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 you belong to Christ Jesus. Though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought near to him because of 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 made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate 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 By his death he ended the whole system of Jewish law that excluded the Gentiles. His purpose was to make peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new person from the two groups. 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 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. 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 has brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and to us Jews who were near. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
18 Now all of us, both Jews and Gentiles, may come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God's holy 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 We are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
21 We who believe are carefully joined together, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22 Through him you Gentiles are also joined together as part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.