1And you were 2dead in the trespasses and sins
3in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following 4the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in 5the sons of disobedience--
among whom we all once lived in 6the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and 7were by nature 8children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
But God, being 9rich in mercy, 10because of the great love with which he loved us,
even 11when we were dead in our trespasses, 12made us alive together with Christ--13by grace you have been saved--
and raised us up with him and 14seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable 15riches of his grace in 16kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For 17by grace you have been saved 18through faith. And this is 19not your own doing; 20it is the gift of God,
21not a result of works, 22so that no one may boast.
For 23we are his workmanship, 24created in Christ Jesus 25for good works, 26which God prepared beforehand, 27that we should walk in them.
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called 28the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands--
remember 29that you were at that time separated from Christ, 30alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to 31the covenants of promise, 32having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were 33far off have been brought near 34by the blood of Christ.
For 35he himself is our peace, 36who has made us both one and has broken down 37in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in 38ordinances, that he might create in himself one 39new man in place of the two, so making peace,
and might 40reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
And he came and 41preached peace to you who were 42far off and peace to those who were 43near.
For 44through him we both have 45access in 46one Spirit to the Father.
So then you are no longer 47strangers and aliens, but you are 48fellow citizens with the saints and 49members of the household of God,
50built on the foundation of the 51apostles and prophets, 52Christ Jesus himself being 53the cornerstone,
54in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into 55a holy temple in the Lord.
In him 56you also are being built together 57into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.