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1You used to be dead because of your offenses and sins 2that you once practiced as you lived according to the ways of this present world and according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now active in those who are disobedient. 3Indeed, all of us once behaved like them in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and senses. By nature we were destined for wrath, just like everyone else. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love for us 5even when we were dead because of our offenses, made us alive together with the Messiah (by grace you have been saved), 6raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly realm in the Messiah Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might display the limitless riches of his grace that comes to us through his kindness in the Messiah Jesus. 8For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God 9and not the result of actions, to put a stop to all boasting. 10For we are God's masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.
11So then, remember that at one time you gentiles by birth were called "the uncircumcised" by those who called themselves "the circumcised." They underwent physical circumcision done by human hands. 12At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise. You had no hope and were in the world without God. 13But now, in union with the Messiah Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. 14For it is he who is our peace. Through his mortality he made both groups one by tearing down the wall of hostility that divided them. 15He rendered the Law inoperative, along with its commandments and regulations, thus creating in himself one new humanity from the two, thereby making peace, 16and reconciling both groups to God in one body through the cross, on which he eliminated the hostility. 17He came and proclaimed peace for you who were far away and for you who were near. 18For through him, both of us have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19That is why you are no longer strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints and members of God's household, 20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the Messiah Jesus himself being the cornerstone. 21In union with him the whole building is joined together and rises into a holy sanctuary for the Lord. 22You, too, are being built in him, along with the others, into a place for God's Spirit to dwell.