Made Alive in Christ
1And you #Lit beingwere dead #Or by reason ofin your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the #Lit agecourse of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, #Lit doingindulging the desires of the flesh and of the #Lit thoughtsmind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead #Or by reason ofin our transgressions, made us alive together #Two early mss read in Christwith Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and #I.e. that salvationthat not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
11Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, #Or alienatedexcluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off #Lit became; or were madehave been brought near #Or inby the blood of Christ. 14For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the #Lit the dividing wall of the barrierbarrier of the dividing wall, 15#Or the enmity, by abolishing in His flesh the Lawby abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might #Lit createmake the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, #Or in Himselfby it having put to death the enmity. 17And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the #Or holy onessaints, and are of God’s household, 20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy #Or sanctuarytemple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.