Ephesians 2 - X Marks the Spot
All people want one thing: peace. Ephesians 2 tells us exactly where to find it.
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Ephesians 2 (ESV)
1 And you were dead
in the trespasses and sins
2 in which you once walked,
following the course of this world,
the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—
3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh,
carrying out the desires of the body and the mind,
and were by nature children of wrath,
like the rest of mankind.
4 But God,
being rich in mercy,
because of the great love
with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses,
made us alive
together with Christ
—by grace you have been saved—
raised us up with him
and seated us with him
in the heavenly places
in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the coming ages he might show
the immeasurable riches of his grace
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
you have been saved
is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God,
9 not a result of works,
so that no one may boast.
10 For we are
created in Christ Jesus
for good works,
which God prepared beforehand,
that we should walk in them.
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh,
called “the uncircumcision”
by what is called the circumcision,
which is made in the flesh by hands—
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ,
alienated from the commonwealth of Israel
and strangers to the covenants of promise,
having no hope
and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus
you who once were far off
have been brought near
by the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace,
who has made us both one
and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances,
that he might create in himself
one new man in place of the two,
so making peace,
16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body
through the cross,
thereby killing the hostility.
17 And he came and preached
peace to you who were far off
and peace to those who were near.
we both have access
in one Spirit
to the Father.
19 So then
you are no longer strangers and aliens,
but you are
fellow citizens with the saints
and members of the household of God,
20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,
21 in whom the whole structure,
being joined together,
grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
22 In him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place
for God by the Spirit.
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