How Alive is Alive?

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Ephesians 2:1As for you, you were dead in yourtrespasses and sins, 

2in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in thesons of disobedience.

3We all lived among them at one time in the cravings of our flesh,indulging its desires and thoughts. Like therest, we were by nature children of wrath.

4But because ofHis great love for us, God, who is rich inmercy,

5made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in ourtrespasses. It is by grace you have beensaved!

6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in theheavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

7in order that in the comingages He might display the surpassing richesof His grace, demonstrated by His kindnessto us in Christ Jesus.

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

9not by works, so that noone can boast.

10For we are God’s workmanship, createdin Christ Jesus to do good works, whichGod prepared in advance as our way of life.

11Therefore remember that formerly youwho are Gentiles in the flesh and calleduncircumcised by the so-called circumcision(that done in the body by human hands)

12remember that at that time you wereseparate from Christ, alienated from thecommonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hopeand without God in the world.

13But now inChrist Jesus you who once were far awayhave been brought near through the bloodof Christ.

14For He Himself is our peace, who has made the twoone and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility

15by abolishing inHis flesh the law of commandments anddecrees. He did this to create in Himself onenew man out of the two, thus making peace

16and reconcilingboth of them to God in one body through thecross, by which He extinguished theirhostility.

17He came and preached peace to you who were far awayand peace to those who were near.

18For through Him we both haveaccess to the Father by one Spirit.

19Therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, butfellow citizens of the saints and members of God’s household

20built on the foundation of the apostles andprophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone.

21In Him the wholebuilding is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

22And in Him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in His Spirit.

 

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