And a you He made alive, b who were dead in trespasses and sins,
c in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to d the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in e the sons of disobedience,
f among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in g the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and h were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
But God, i who is rich in mercy, because of His j great love with which He loved us,
k even when we were dead in trespasses, l made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up together, and made us sit together m in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in n His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
o For by grace you have been saved p through faith, and that not of yourselves; q it is the gift of God,
not of r works, lest anyone should s boast.
For we are t His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh - who are called Uncircumcision by what is called u the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands -
that 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.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one v new man from the two, thus making peace,
and that He might w reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby x putting to death the enmity.
And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
For y through Him we both have access z by one Spirit to the Father.
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
having been a built b on the foundation of the c apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being d the chief cornerstone,
in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into e a holy temple in the Lord,
f in whom you also are being built together for a g dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
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Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.
Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.
1 Peter 4:3
For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles - when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
Psalms 103:8 - 11
The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
1 John 4:10
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:18
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
Colossians 1:20 - 22
And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free - and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.
1 Peter 2:4
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
1 Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
1 Corinthians 3:11
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
1 Corinthians 12:28
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone' ?
1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
1 Peter 2:5
You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.