Efésios 2

1 YOU also God raised to life when you were dead in misdeeds and sins

2 in which you once walked, following the ways of this age of the world, led by the Ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.

3 Among these we all lived once in the passions of our flesh and of our thoughts, and we were by nature children of wrath like the rest.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,

5 even when we were dead in misdeeds, made us alive along with Christ \'97 by grace we have been saved \'97

6 and raised us up with him and made us sit with him in the heavenly heights in Christ Jesus,

7 that he might show in the ages to come the surpassing richness of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

9 not of works, that no one may boast.

10 For we are his work, formed in Christ Jesus for good works in which God had prepared beforehand to have us live.

11 Therefore remember that once you were Gentiles in the flesh and were called uncircumcision by the so-called circumcision in the flesh, made by hands,

12 and that you were then apart from Christ, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far have become near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace. He has made both Jew and Gentile one and has broken down the dividing wall, the enmity.

15 In his own flesh he has ended the force of the law of commandments in ordinances in order to make the two, in himself, into one new man, thus making peace,

16 and in order to reconcile both in one body to God through his cross, by slaying the enmity by it.

17 And he came and brought the good news of peace to you who were far and peace to those who were near.

18 For through him we, both Jews and Gentiles, have access through one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and resident aliens, but fellow citizens with the holy and members of the household of God,

20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the corner stone.

21 In him all the building, framed together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,

22 in whom you also are being built for a dwelling of God in the Spirit.