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Ephesians 2 - NIV

Made Alive in Christ

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,

2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,

5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

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

9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—

12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,

16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

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

18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,

20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.


a. Ephesians 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

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How To Overcome Satan's Deceptions
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Jan, 2017
Summary: We are engaged in a spiritual battle and we must use the spiritual armor of God if we are to win.
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Strangers No Longer
Shared by: Rodney Fry on Dec, 2016
Summary: This text is a test 1. Where we are – Whose we are – Have we a place in God’s Family Home Heart
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Scripture: Ephesians 2:19
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 15
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Back Where We Started
Shared by: Mike Rickman on Dec, 2016
Summary: This is a sermon that remembers all the sermon series that we preached in the past year.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 21
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3. Called to Freedom
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Dec, 2016
Summary: If the Son shall make us free, we shall be free indeed.
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Rooted and Grounded in Christ
Shared by: Jebryan Reiter on Dec, 2016
Summary: Making sure we are rooted and grounded in Christ that brings hope and life not just looking good and decorated on the outside like our Christmas Tree which are dying and life-less
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By Grace I am saved through faith
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Nov, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD saved us all by grace and salvation is GOD'S gift to mankind.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 7
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Not good works so that no one can boast
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Nov, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD gives us a lot of His saving grace for us to be saved by it and not by our good works.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:9
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 4
Ken Henson avatar
Die, Die, Die!
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: We are most dead when we're alive and most alive when we're dead
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-5
Denomination: *other
Views: 40
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Raised with Christ for a Purpose
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: we are resurrected with Jesus for His purposes
Scripture: Ephesians 2:6-10
Denomination: *other
Views: 60
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Remember Who You Were
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: Many people in the Bible seem to carry with them the constant memory of their roots. It reminds him of the goodness and grace of God.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 120
Ken Henson avatar
Being in the Inside Group
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: Jesus took that group that had no citizenship in Israel & made them fellow-heirs (not exactly shared citizenship-we'll talk about that next time). So the outside group is now inside the inside group. Then He brought both together as super-insiders. We are all in Christ.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:14-17
Denomination: *other
Views: 23
Ken Henson avatar
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: Maybe it's healthy for us to feel like foreigners on a journey to a foreign home. But God is not a foreigner to us. He is the very present Help in time of need, and He has chosen us as His dwelling place. We are the place where He feels most at home.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:18-22
Denomination: *other
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Mistakes About Grace
Shared by: Davon Huss on Sep, 2016
Summary: 3 common misconceptions about grace (Material adapted from the book, God Attachment, chapter 10 The Risk of Grace)
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Showcase of Grace
Shared by: Larry Turner on Aug, 2016
Summary: God's grace is given to us to be displayed like a masterpiece.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Aug, 2016
Summary: To prove in writing that GOD made us sit down together with the LORD JESUS CHRIST in His Throne by virtue of being with Him.
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Shared by: Rick Burdette on Aug, 2016
Summary: Belonging, Family, God's Plan
Series: One Church
Scripture: Ephesians 2:19-22
Views: 361
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Shared by: Rick Burdette on Jul, 2016
Summary: Grace, Faith, Salvation, Good Works
Series: One Church
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Salvation: My Condition Changed
Shared by: Archie Norman on Jun, 2016
Summary: What is Biblical Salvation?
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 188
David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Jun, 2016
Summary: Satan is a very powerful creature. He has power that many of us don’t realize, next to the Trinity of God he is the most powerful being in the universe. We will show a little of what Satan’s power is.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 186
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By Grace Ye Are Saved 1
Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on May, 2016
Summary: To establish the truth, “by grace ye are saved” is not through faith only - but through “the obedience to the faith”- that is – “the gospel of the grace of God.”
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By Grace Ye Are Saved 2
Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on May, 2016
Summary: To establish the truth, “by grace ye are saved” is not through faith only - but through “the obedience to the faith”- that is – “the gospel of the grace of God.”
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Shared by: Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka on May, 2016
Summary: We cannot be saved without God’s wondrous grace. All that is expected of us is to accept in faith what the Lord is offering us. It is completely beyond the ability of man to save himself
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Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,406
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Shared by: James W Hare on May, 2016
Summary: understanding the authority the God has entrusted to us
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Shared by: Jay Tigner on May, 2016
Summary: Jesus brings us real peace.
Series: Stand Alone
Scripture: Ephesians 2:13-16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 348
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God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Apr, 2016
Summary: We cannot expect God to provide for our every need as we sit idly by, so in that sense it is true to say that "God helps those who help themselves," but there are also times when we cannot help ourselves, and God intervenes in those times to save us.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-10
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 626
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What Do I Believe About Salvation?
Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Apr, 2016
Summary: There is a creator, He cares for me, now how do I get into a relationship with Him?
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
Views: 271
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La bendición del Nuevo Pacto
Shared by: Juan Quintero on Apr, 2016
Summary: Hoy en día su necesidad puede ser superada, si descansa en la fe inquebrantable en Jesús y esta dispuesto a creer por el milagro de Dios en su vida.
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Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
Views: 137
Sherm Nichols avatar
Peace with Each Other, Because Everyone is Invited
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Mar, 2016
Summary: Beginning of Christmas series, from Ephesians 2:13-21. Descriptions of how Jesus brought peace.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:13-21
Views: 137
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Peace with Jesus – Because He Became A Man
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Mar, 2016
Summary: A look at how personal the rescue mission of the incarnation is. A reminder that Jesus becoming flesh means He relates to us completely