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

 
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1 It wasn't so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. 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 We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It's a wonder God didn't lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. 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 Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
6 Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,