Ephesians 2:1-22, NLT
Made Alive with Christ
1Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.
4But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,
8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Oneness and Peace in Christ
11Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts.
14For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.
17He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.
A Temple for the Lord
19So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.