By Grace Through Faith
1And #Eph. 2:5; Col. 2:13you He made alive, #Eph. 4:18who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2#Col. 1:21in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to #(John 12:31); Eph. 6:12the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in #Col. 3:6the sons of disobedience, 3#1 Pet. 4:3among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in #Gal. 5:16the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and #(Ps. 51:5)were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4But God, #Ps. 103:8–11; Rom. 10:12who is rich in mercy, because of His #John 3:16; 1 John 4:9, 10great love with which He loved us, 5#Rom. 5:6, 8even when we were dead in trespasses, #(Rom. 6:4, 5)made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up together, and made us sit together #Eph. 1:20in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in #Titus 3:4His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8#(2 Tim. 1:9)For by grace you have been saved #Rom. 4:16through faith, and that not of yourselves; #(John 1:12, 13)it is the gift of God, 9not of #Rom. 4:4, 5; 11:6works, lest anyone should #Rom. 3:27boast. 10For we are #Is. 19:25His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Brought Near by His Blood
11Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called #(Rom. 2:28; Col. 2:11)the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Christ Our Peace
14For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one #Gal. 6:15new man from the two, thus making peace, 16and that He might #2 Cor. 5:18; (Col. 1:20–22)reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby #(Rom. 6:6)putting to death the enmity. 17And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18For #John 10:9through Him we both have access #1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:4by one Spirit to the Father.
Christ Our Cornerstone
19Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20having been #1 Pet. 2:4built #Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:10, 11; Rev. 21:14on the foundation of the #1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 3:5apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being #Ps. 118:22; Luke 20:17the chief cornerstone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into #1 Cor. 3:16, 17a holy temple in the Lord, 22#1 Pet. 2:5in whom you also are being built together for a #John 17:23dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
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