By comparing what we were
Ephesians 2:1 And you [hath he revived], who were dead in trespasses and sins; Ephesians 2:2 In which in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our manner of life in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,
with what we are by grace,
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath made us alive together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places], in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness towards us, through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Ephesians 2:9 Not by works, lest any man should boast.
he declareth, that we are made for good works:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
and should not live as Gentiles,
Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
and foreigners in time past,
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
being brought near by Christ,
Ephesians 2:13 But now, in Christ Jesus, ye, who formerly were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances: to make in himself of two one new man, [so] making peace; Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having by it slain the enmity: Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to them that were nigh. Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have an access by one Spirit to the Father.
but as citizens with the saints, and the family of God.
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-[stone]; Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together, groweth to a holy temple in the Lord: Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are built together, for a habitation of God through the Spirit.