Destined for Wrath, Saved by Grace
1You were dead in your trespasses and sins.
2At that time, you walked in the way of this world, in conformity to the ruler of the domain of the air—the ruler of the spirit who is now operating in the sons of disobedience.
3We too all lived among them in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind. By nature we were children of wrath, just like the others.
4But God was rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us.
5Even when we were dead in our trespasses, He made us alive together with Messiah. (By grace you have been saved!)
6And He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua—
7to show in the olam ha-ba the measureless richness of His grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua.
8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not from yourselves—it is the gift of God.
9It is not based on deeds, so that no one may boast.
10For we are His workmanship—created in Messiah Yeshua for good deeds, which God prepared beforehand so we might walk in them.
Jew and Gentile, One in Messiah
11Therefore, keep in mind that once you—Gentiles in the flesh—were called “uncircumcision” by those called “circumcision” (which is performed on flesh by hand).
12At that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13But now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.
14For He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation. Within His flesh He made powerless the hostility—
15the law code of mitzvot contained in regulations. He did this in order to create within Himself one new man from the two groups, making shalom,
16and to reconcile both to God in one body through the cross—by which He put the hostility to death.
17And He came and proclaimed shalom to you who were far away and shalom to those who were near—
18for through Him we both have access to the Father by the same Ruach.
19So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.
20You have been built on the foundation made up of the emissaries and prophets, with Messiah Yeshua Himself being the cornerstone.
21In Him the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple for the Lord.
22In Him, you also are being built together into God’s dwelling place in the Ruach.