A shorter take on Ephesians 2

You were dead through sins in which you once lived. You followed the course of this world.

All of us once followed the desires of flesh and senses.

We were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else, but God is rich in mercy.

God loved us even when we were dead in our failings. Out of that great love, God made us alive together with Christ. By God’s grace, you have been saved. You have been raised up with Christ.

God has done this to show the immeasurable riches of God’s grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

By grace you have been saved through faith. This is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. It’s not the result of what you do, so no one may boast.

God has created in Christ Jesus to do good, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

You who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Christ is our peace. In his flesh he has made both Jews and non-Jews into one and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility between us.

God has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances. God did this to create in himself one new humanity in place of the two. This makes peace possible. The two groups are reconciled to God in one body through the cross.

Through Jesus both of us have access in one Spirit, to the Father.

You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are members of the household of God. The apostles and prophets are the foundation of this house, and Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In Christ, the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

In Christ, you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

(This shortened take on Ephesians 2 is based on the New Revised Standard Version of Scripture.)

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