Ephesians 2

(1-10) We used to be dead. We used to follow Satan. We used to be controlled by earthly desires. But God! What a phrase! But God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ. He gives us grace! We deserve punishment, but we are given the gift of eternal life. We can’t work our way to heaven, but we can now do the work that God has prepared for us.

(11-22) Most of us reading these verses are Gentiles. We were uncircumcised, alienated from God, strangers to the promises, without hope, and noncitizens. But now! But now we are God’s in Christ. We have been brought near by the sacrifice of Christ, and both Jew and Gentile have been reconciled so that we are one body together in Christ. We are a holy temple in the Lord!

What Paul says about Jew and Gentile is true of all people. When we become Christians, we become one. Let’s remember that we are “a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

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