From Death to Life
1And you were dead # Jn 5:25 in your trespasses and sins 2in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, # 2Pt 2:20 according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, # Lit ruler of the domain of the air # 2Pt 2:10; Jd 8 the spirit # 1Co 2:12; 1Tm 4:1 now working in the disobedient. # Lit sons of disobedience 3We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly # Php 3:3 desires, carrying out the inclinations # Mt 21:31; Lk 12:47; 23:25; Jn 1:13; 1Co 7:37; 2Pt 1:21 of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath # Rm 2:5; Rv 6:16 as the others were also. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, # Lk 1:50 because of His great love # 1Co 13:1; 1Jn 4:16 that He had for us, # Lit love with which He loved us 5made us alive # Col 2:13; 1Tm 5:6 with the Messiah even though we were dead # Jn 5:25 in trespasses. You are saved by grace! 6Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, # Eph 1:3,20; 3:10; 6:12; Php 2:10; 1Pt 3:22 7so that in the coming ages # Mk 10:30 He might display the immeasurable riches # Lk 8:14; 2Co 8:9 of His grace through His kindness # Ps 25:6 to us in Christ Jesus. 8For you are saved by grace # Rm 3:24; 6:14; 11:6; Gl 2:21; 2Tm 1:9 through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — 9not from works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are His creation, created # Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14 in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time # Rm 9:23 so that we should walk in them.
Unity in Christ
11So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh — called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” # Gl 6:15 which is done in the flesh by human hands. # Php 3:3 12At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, # Gn 12:7 without hope # 1Th 1:3; 4:13 and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood # Heb 9:12 of the Messiah. 14For He is our peace, who made both groups one # Rm 10:12; Gl 3:28 and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh, 15He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create # Rv 3:14 in Himself one # Jn 11:52 new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one body # Eph 4:4 through the cross and put the hostility to death by it. # Or death in Himself 17When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news # Lk 4:18; 1Pt 1:12 of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. # Is 57:19 18For through Him we both have access # Jn 10:7-9; Rm 5:2; Eph 3:12 by one Spirit to the Father. # Jn 4:23; 1Co 12:13; Eph 4:4; Col 1:12 19So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, # 1Co 12:28; Eph 3:5 with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21The whole building, being put together # Eph 4:16 by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. # 1Pt 2:5 22You also are being built together # Rm 11:18 for God’s dwelling # 1Pt 2:5 in the Spirit.