By Grace Through Faith
Col. 2:13; [Col. 1:21] And you were #ver. 5; [ch. 4:18]; See Luke 15:24dead in the trespasses and sins 2#ch. 4:17, 22; 5:8; Col. 3:7; See Rom. 11:30; 1 Cor. 6:11 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following #[ch. 6:12; Rev. 9:11]; See John 12:31 the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in #ch. 5:6; [1 Pet. 1:14]the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in #Gal. 5:16 the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body#2:3 Greek flesh and the mind, and #See Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12 were by nature #[2 Pet. 2:14]children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.#2:3 Greek like the rest 4But#2:4 Or And God, being #ver. 7; Titus 3:5; See Rom. 2:4 rich in mercy, #See John 3:16because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even #ver. 1; [Rom. 5:6, 8, 10] when we were dead in our trespasses, #Col. 2:12, 13; [John 14:19; Rev. 20:4] made us alive together with Christ—#ver. 8; See Acts 15:11by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and #See ch. 1:20seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable #ver. 4 riches of his grace in #Titus 3:4kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For #ver. 5 by grace you have been saved #1 Pet. 1:5; [Rom. 4:16] through faith. And this is #[2 Cor. 3:5] not your own doing; #[John 4:10; Heb. 6:4]it is the gift of God, 9#2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5; See Rom. 3:20, 28 not a result of works, #1 Cor. 1:29; [Judg. 7:2]so that no one may boast. 10For #Deut. 32:6, 15; Ps. 100:3 we are his workmanship, #[ch. 3:9; 4:24; Col. 3:10] created in Christ Jesus #ch. 4:24 for good works, #[ch. 1:4] which God prepared beforehand, #Col. 1:10that we should walk in them.
One in Christ
11Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called #Rom. 2:26, 28; [Col. 2:11, 13]the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12remember #1 Cor. 12:2; [ch. 5:8; Col. 3:7] that you were at that time separated from Christ, #ch. 4:18; Col. 1:21; [Ezek. 14:5; Gal. 2:15; 4:8] alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to #See Rom. 9:4 the covenants of promise, #1 Thess. 4:13; See ch. 1:18having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were #ver. 17; Acts 2:39 far off have been brought near #[Col. 1:20]; See Rom. 3:25by the blood of Christ. 14For #Ps. 72:7; Mic. 5:5; Zech. 9:10; [Col. 3:15]; See Luke 2:14 he himself is our peace, #See Gal. 3:28 who has made us both one and has broken down #Col. 1:21, 22; [Rom. 7:4]in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in #Col. 2:14, 20 ordinances, that he might create in himself one #See Rom. 6:4new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16and might #Col. 1:20-22; [1 Cor. 12:13]reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17And he came and #Isa. 57:19 preached peace to you who were #ver. 13 far off and peace to those who were #Deut. 4:7; Ps. 148:14near. 18For #[John 14:6] through him we both have #ch. 3:12; [John 10:7, 9]; See Rom. 5:2 access in #ch. 4:4; 1 Cor. 12:13; [John 4:23]one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer #ver. 12; [Heb. 11:13; 13:14] strangers and aliens,#2:19 Or sojourners but you are #Phil. 3:20; [Heb. 12:22, 23] fellow citizens with the saints and #See Gal. 6:10members of the household of God, 20#[Jer. 12:16]; See 1 Cor. 3:9 built on the foundation of the #Matt. 16:18; Rev. 21:14 apostles and prophets, #[1 Cor. 3:11] Christ Jesus himself being #Ps. 118:22; Isa. 28:16the cornerstone, 21#ch. 4:15, 16 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into #See 1 Cor. 3:16, 17a holy temple in the Lord. 22In him #1 Pet. 2:5 you also are being built together #[ch. 3:17; 2 Cor. 6:16; 1 Tim. 3:15]into a dwelling place for God by#2:22 Or in the Spirit.