Ephesians 2:1-6 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Good News Translation (GNT) New International Version (NIV)
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,