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Ephesians In American Standard Version

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1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints that are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus: 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly [places] in Christ: 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: 1:5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved: 1:7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 1:8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 1:9 making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him 1:10 unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth; in him, [I say,] 1:11 in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will; 1:12 to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: 1:13 in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,-- in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 1:14 which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of [God's] own possession, unto the praise of his glory. 1:15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which [ye show] toward all the saints, 1:16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention [of you] in my prayers; 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; 1:18 having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 1:19 and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might 1:20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly [places], 1:21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 1:22 and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, 1:23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 2:1 And you [did he make alive,] when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins, 2:2 wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience; 2:3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:-- 2:4 but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), 2:6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly [places], in Christ Jesus: 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus: 2:8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God; 2:9 not of works, that no man should glory. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them. 2:11 Wherefore remember, that once ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; 2:12 that ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ. 2:14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition, 2:15 having abolished in the flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, [so] making peace; 2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 2:17 and he came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were nigh: 2:18 for through him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father. 2:19 So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners, but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, 2:20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord; 2:22 in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit. 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles,-- 3:2 if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward; 3:3 how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words, 3:4 whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ; 3:5 which in other generation was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 3:6 [to wit], that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 3:7 whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power. 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 3:9 and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things; 3:10 to the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly [places] might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God, 3:11 according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him. 3:13 Wherefore I ask that ye may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory. 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, 3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 3:16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fulness of God. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 3:21 unto him [be] the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen. 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called, 4:2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 4:3 giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4:4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all. 4:7 But unto each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, And gave gifts unto men. 4:9 (Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 4:11 And he gave some [to be] apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ: 4:13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 4:14 that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 4:15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, [even] Christ; 4:16 from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in [due] measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love. 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind, 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart; 4:19 who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 4:20 But ye did not so learn Christ; 4:21 if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: 4:22 that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 4:23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 4:24 and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. 4:25 Wherefore, putting away falsehood, speak ye truth each one with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 4:27 neither give place to the devil. 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need. 4:29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear. 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption. 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: 4:32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you. 5:1 Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; 5:2 and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell. 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints; 5:4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks. 5:5 For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 5:6 Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience. 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them; 5:8 For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light 5:9 (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 5:10 proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord; 5:11 and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them; 5:12 for the things which are done by them in secret it is a shame even to speak of. 5:13 But all things when they are reproved are made manifest by the light: for everything that is made manifest is light. 5:14 Wherefore [he] saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee. 5:15 Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 5:17 Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 5:18 And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; 5:19 speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 5:20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 5:21 subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ. 5:22 Wives, [be in subjection] unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, [being] himself the saviour of the body. 5:24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so [let] the wives also [be] to their husbands in everything. 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; 5:26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, 5:27 that he might present the church to himself a glorious [church], not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 5:28 Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself: 5:29 for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church; 5:30 because we are members of his body. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. 5:32 This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church. 5:33 Nevertheless do ye also severally love each one his own wife even as himself; and [let] the wife [see] that she fear her husband. 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 6:2 Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise), 6:3 that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord. 6:5 Servants, be obedient unto them that according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6:6 not in the way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 6:7 with good will doing service, as unto the Lord, and not unto men: 6:8 knowing that whatsoever good thing each one doeth, the same shall he receive again from the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free. 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, and forbear threatening: knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no respect of persons with him. 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. 6:13 Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil [one]. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints, 6:19 And on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 6:21 But that ye also may know my affairs, how I do, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 6:22 whom I have sent unto you for this very purpose, that ye may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts. 6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ with [a love] incorruptible.

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1 Sarah R = "Ephesians chapters 1-3 focus on our position in Jesus Christ. Chapters 4-6 focus on how to live out that position. Ephesians also focuses on helping Jewish and Gentile believers come together in the church."
2 Sarah R = "The apostle Paul, a Jewish Pharisee (teacher of the Jewish law) who converted to Christianity following an encounter with the resurrected Jesus (Acts 9)."
3 Sarah R = "Christ Jesus or Jesus Christ refers not to two names for Jesus but rather more as Jesus' position or title. "Christ" is from the Greek translation of the Hebrew "Messiah", meaning leader or savior, referring to the promised savior of the nation of Israel promised in the Old Testament. Paul referring to Jesus as Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus is him stating "this is our savior" in the same way President Obama refers to our president."
4 Sarah R = "Paul states that he was converted and became a Christian because it was God's will that he be saved and called to minister to others."
5 Sarah R = "That is, other believers in the church."
6 Sarah R = ""Details of Paul's lengthy ministry in Ephesus are found in Acts 19 (see also 20:16-38). A port city at the mouth of the Cayster River on the Aegean Sea, Ephesus was the capital of the Roman province of Asia (now extreme western Turkey). Its population in the first century may have approached half a million... The fame of Ephesus was not only political and commercial: it was the center for worship of the pagan goddess Artemis (Diana). It was also known as a center of occult (magic) practices."Elwell & Yarbough, eds. Encountering the New Testament (2005). Page 308."
7 Sarah R = "Verses in which Jesus talks about choosing us:"If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shorten them" (Mark 13:20)."False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect--if that were possible" (Mark 13:22)."He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens" (Mark 13:27)."And will not God bring about justice for His chosen [elect] ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?" (Luke 18:7)"
8 Sarah R = "Holy = sacred, perfect, sanctified. The Bible constantly calls believers to be Holy like God. Consider these words of Jesus, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). However, since we are only human and have a sinful nature, we cannot achieve this holiness and perfection that God desires. That is why we need Jesus and the forgiveness He offers. Only in Him we are presented to God as "holy and without blemish.""
9 Sarah R = ""Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) He had constantly decreed by His counsel secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom He had chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honor. Wherefore those which were endowed with so excellent a benefit of God would be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in due season: they will through grace obey the calling: they will be justified freely: they will be made sons of God by adoption: they will be made like the image of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ: they will walk religiously in good works, and at length, by God's mercy, they will attain everlasting happiness."Charles Spurgeon, "Election", updated version by Tony Capoccia. Full text available at:http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/elect.htm "
10 Sarah R = "Romans 1:14-17 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory."
11 Sarah R = "“I rejected the church for a time because I found so little grace there. I returned because I found grace nowhere else.” ― Philip Yancey, Christian author"
12 Sarah R = ""Salvation is free! God puts no price tag on the Gift of gifts—it’s free! Preachers are not salesmen, for they have nothing to sell. They are bearers of Good News—the good tidings that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). Money can’t buy it. Man’s righteousness can’t earn it. Social prestige can’t help you acquire it. Morality can’t purchase it. It is, as Isaiah said, “without money and without price.”God is not a bargaining God. You cannot barter with Him. You must do business with Him on His own terms. He holds in His omnipotent hand the priceless, precious, eternal gift of salvation, and He bids you to take it without money and without price. The best things in life are free, are they not?"Billy Graham"
13 Sarah R = "Redemption = action of being saved from something; a payment of ransom. Jesus paid the ransom due God to release us from our sins."
14 Sarah R = "Let no one grieve at his poverty,for the universal kingdom has been revealed.Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;for forgiveness has risen from the grave.Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.He has destroyed it by enduring it.—John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople; sermon, ca. 400"
15 Sarah R = ""Let me ask you a question. Does God judge us in the same way that we judge each other? Aren’t you glad He doesn’t? He looks at the same people we do, but the Bible says that He does everything 'according to the riches of His grace.' And what a difference that makes! Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart." - See more at: http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/book/e/45/t/riches-of-grace.aspx#sthash.LFBJJYf8.dpuf"
16 Sarah R = "Interesting the Greek word here for "made a heritage" is kleroo, which literally translates to "to appoint" or "to choose by lot". This is the only usage of this word in this form in the New Testament.  The NIV Bible translates this passage as "we were chosen by God". Let us not assume that because this word is related to casting lots that we are only Christians due to luck or happenstance. God chose us (verse 1:4)."
17 Sarah R = ""You were made to praise God!  Sometimes the Scriptures just say it plain. Ephesians 1:12-13 says In Christ Jesus we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the one who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory. Notice that the text says we exist for the praise of God’s glory. You and I were made to praise the Lord. The old catechechism says that God made us to know him, love him, and serve him in the life, and to be happy with him forever."It is simple but profound. You and I were made for these fundamental reasons. We were not made for all the reasons that the world says such as: to be popular, rich, famous, sexy, powerful. Most who have tried these things feel unsatisfied and in the end if we live for this we eventually die…end of story! But the truth is we were made for God and exist for the praise of his glory. Our peace and contentment are wrapped up in God and God alone."- Msgr. Charles Pope, "40 Reasons for Coming Home - Reason #22", Archdiocese of Washington online blog post.  http://blog.adw.org/2009/03/40-reasons-for-coming-home-reason-22-you-were-made-to-praise-god/"
18 Sarah R = "It is not hearing the gospel that saves, but in believing and putting our faith in Jesus Christ."
19 Sarah R = "2 Corinthians 1:21-22 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointedus, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."
20 Sarah R = "Our inheritance is an eternal home in heaven with God. We read more about the inheritance that awaits believers in Jesus Christ in 1 Peter 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."
21 Sarah R = "We have hope in both this life and the one to come. The hope of this life is God with us, guiding us, leading us, giving us strength, transforming us to be more like Jesus. The hope of the next life is an eternity in Heaven with Him, where there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death."
22 Sarah R = "This is a misprint. It should read: "power for us who believe"."
23 Sarah R = "Gospel accounts of the resurrection: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21."
24 Sarah R = "Romans 8:34 "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.""
25 Sarah R = "Matthew 28:18 "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.""
26 Sarah R = "Acts 4:10, 12 "It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead,that this man stands before you healed...12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.""
27 Sarah R = "The Message Bible, a version which has been adapted to read like a story, expresses Ephesians 2 beautifully:2 1-6 It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.7-10 Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.11-13 But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.14-15 The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.16-18 Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.19-22 That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home."
28 Sarah R = "Sometimes it may seem like people are getting away with sin here on Earth, but the Bible is clear there are eternal consequences for sin. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.""
29 Sarah R = "This refers to the devil, who has temporary power on Earth (John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:13; also consider Matthew 4:8-10). "
30 Sarah R = "Other translations say:"children of disobedience" (KJV)"those who refuse to obey God" (ESV)"those who are disobedient" (NIV)"people who do not obey God" (NLV)In broader terms: nonbelievers."
31 Sarah R = "Mercy = deliverance from judgment deserved."
32 Sarah R = "Parallel verse: Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.""
33 Sarah R = "“Grace, on the other hand, means that God is pursuing you. That God forgives you. That God sanctifies you. When you are apathetic toward God, He is never apathetic toward you. When you don’t desire to pray and talk to God, He never grows tired of talking to you. When you forget to read your Bible and listen to God, He is always listening to you. Grace means that your spirituality is upheld by God’s stubborn enjoyment of you."Charis: God's Scandalous Grace for Us (p. 76).― Preston Sprinkle"
34 Sarah R = "Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior:Romans 10:9 "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.""
35 Sarah R = "Salvation, Paul states, is through faith alone, not through works. There is a lot of confusion around this doctrine of the Bible, primarily due to a number of sacraments and rituals that are common within churches, particularly the Catholic Church, which can cause confusion. However, even Catholic doctrine is clear that it is faith that saves, and "works" or the sacraments practiced inside the church (such as baptism, communion, and so forth), are expressions of that faith. Consider:The charity of Christ is the source in us of all our merits before God. Grace, by uniting us to Christ in active love, ensures the supernatural quality of our acts and consequently their merit before God and before men. The saints have always had a lively awareness that their merits were pure grace.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2011)"
36 Sarah R = "Acts 15:11 "We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the special favor of the Lord Jesus."Romans 11:6  "And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace."2 Timothy 1:9a "He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. "Titus 3:4-5a "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us,not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy." "
37 Sarah R = "In other translations:"God's handicraft" (NIV)"God's masterpiece" (ISV)"His work" (NLV)"the product of His hand" (the Voice)"
38 Sarah R = "Psalms 139:13-14: For you created my inmost being;    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;    your works are wonderful,    I know that full well."
39 Sarah R = "Though saved by faith alone, out of that faith should come "good works" which are expressed through love for one another. James says in his letter that "faith without works is dead" (2:14)."
40 Sarah R = "Gentile (from Latin gentilis, by the French "gentil", feminine: "gentille", meaning of or belonging to a clan or tribe) is an ethnonymthat commonly means non-Jew. Other groups that claim Israelite heritage sometimes use the term to describe outsiders.The term is used by English translators for the Hebrew גוי (goy) and נכרי (nokhri) in the Hebrew Bible and the Greek word ἔθνη(éthnē) in the New Testament. The term Gentiles is derived from Latin, used for contextual translation, and not an original Hebrew or Greek word from the Bible. The original words goy and ethnos refer to "peoples" or "nations". Latin and later English translators selectively used the term Gentiles when the context for the base term "peoples" or "nations" referred to non-Israelite peoples or nations in English translations of the Bible.- wikipedia"
41 Sarah R = "The NIV Version states, "you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision”. The Jews at that time were circumcised as part of their covenant or agreement with God. Therefore, Paul is saying that the Gentiles are also referred to as the "uncircumcised" by the Jews, who are circumcised."
42 Sarah R = "Our Lives Before and After Christ:BEFORE Dead because of sin.AFTER Made alive with Christ.BEFORE Under God's anger.AFTER Shown God's mercy and given salvation.BEFORE Followed the ways of the world.AFTER Stand for Christ and truth.BEFORE God's enemies.AFTER God's children.BEFORE Enslaved to SatanAFTER Free in Christ to love, serve and sit with him.BEFORE Followed our evil thoughts and desires.AFTER Raised up with Christ to glory.- From Wilson & Taylor, eds. The Tyndale Handbook of Bible Charts and Maps (2001). Page 460."
43 Sarah R = "There is evidence in the Old Testament of Gentile believers. First, before Abraham, there was no nation of Israel, and therefore believers such as Adam, Seth, Enoch, Methuselah and Noah, among others, were neither Jewish nor Gentile. Second, God sends Jonah to the Gentile city of Nineveh to call them to repentance. Third, the Gentile women Ruth and Rahab (Joshua 2) became believers and are even listed in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1). "
44 Sarah R = "The Greek here is the word "atheos", from which we get our English word "atheist"."
45 Sarah R = "At the time that Jesus came there was a separation between Jews and Gentiles. The Jews believed that the Gentiles were sinful, beyond God's promises and not the chosen. The Gentiles resented the Jews' view of them. God however had a different plan for His Savior. This plan was made clear in Genesis 18:18 where He promised that "all nations" would be blessed through Abraham and in Jesus' words that "God so loved the world" (John 3:16). Paul also writes in 1 Timothy 2:4 that God "wants all to be saved.""
46 Sarah R = "Christ Jesus, as Savior of both Jews and Gentiles, brings them together into one unified body of believers."
47 Sarah R = "Gentiles, who were not under the old covenant God had with the nation of Israel."
48 Sarah R = "The Jewish people or nation of Israel, who were in covenant with God."
49 Sarah R = "The first Christians were Jewish. When Gentiles began believing in Jesus and experiencing salvation, there was much confusion in the church as to how to receive the Gentile Christians. In the past if a Gentile converted to Judaism he had to be circumcised and follow the Jewish law. However, the new church now believed that Jesus had fulfilled the law (Matthew 5:17-20, Romans 10:4) and they were no long under it so they could not require the Gentiles to be, either. Paul addresses this issue in the letter of Galatians. It is also mentioned several times in the book of Acts (for examples chapters 15 and 21). The consensus seemed to be that the need was to follow the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law, which Jesus summed up in Matthew 22:37-40, "37 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”""
50 Sarah R = "My hope is built on nothing lessThan Jesus blood and righteousnessI dare not trust the sweetest frameBut wholly trust in Jesus nameChrist alone; cornerstoneWeak made strong; in the Saviour's loveThrough the storm, He is LordLord of all"Cornerstone" lyrics by Hillsong"
51 Sarah R = "Psalms 118:20-24 20 This is the gate of the Lord    through which the righteous may enter.21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;    you have become my salvation.22 The stone the builders rejected    has become the cornerstone;23 the Lord has done this,    and it is marvelous in our eyes.24 The Lord has done it this very day;    let us rejoice today and be glad."
52 Sarah R = "1 Corinthians 3:16 "Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?"1 Corinthians 6:19 "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own..."2 Corinthians 6:16 "For we are the temple of the living God.""
53 Sarah R = "Hebrews 3:6 ¨But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.¨"
54 Sarah R = "In Acts 22:21, Paul says,  “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”"
55 Sarah R = ""What's the mystery? (3:3-4, 6, 9)"The term mystery does not refer to a riddle or a secret. Rather it refers to a spiritual insight or revelation from God unknown to previous generations. The Old Testament revealed that Gentiles would be saved. But only in the New Testament is the method of salvation made clear and the mystery solved: it is through Jesus Christ, his sacrificial death and his resurrection. Now by faith, both Jews and Gentiles are heirs together of eternal life and will receive the same inheritance in Christ. Also see 1:9; 5:32; 6:19."- The Quest Study Bible New International Version, note for Ephesians 3:3."
56 Sarah R = "Parallel verse: Hebrews 4:16 "Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.""
57 Sarah R = "Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians from prison. He was in prison due to his persistence in proclaiming Jesus as the Christ. He also suffered other persecutions and tribulations:"I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely,and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches." 1 Corinthians 11:23b-28"
58 Cary W = "As we lay our life before the Father each day, empty ourselves of all that would distract us from a singular love for Him, God will come, open to us the love of Christ, which is beyond all comprehension, and will fill us to overflowing with all the fullness of God!"
59 Cary W = "This high calling of God has a very significant focus on our relationships here on Earth, for by one spirit is He at work in all people.  We must continually ask the Spirit to search us for all discordant or disruptive energies, so that we remain in the flow of the Spirit of unity, love and peace with every man and woman."
60 Cary W = "We must each day be renewed in mind, literally put on the new image and man of Christ on our mind, body and affairs.  Letting go of all that is past (rubish) and continually pressing into the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
61 Sarah R = "Parallel verses:2 Corinthians 5:17 ¨Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!¨Colossians 3:9b-10 ¨...you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.¨ "
62 Cary W = "It is a constant effort to keep our hearts free of all that would anger or make bitter, so as to keep a tenderness that forgives with the love and forgiveness of God.  The antidote to all malice is to turn from it completely, and seek to only love others as God has loved us."
63 Sarah R = "¨The filling of the Spirit implies being given power and boldness for God´s service, for strength to meet particular crises or for everyday Spirit-led living. We experience renewal when we pray, ´Lord, fill me today with your Spirit. Keep my eyes on you.´The filling of the Spirit is an experience to be repeated as necessary in the life of each believer.¨- Little, Paul E. Know What You Believe. page 127."