New American Bible (Revised Edition)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, 5 (A)even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ[a] (by grace you have been saved), 6 raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,(B) 7 that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.(C) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;(D) 9 it is not from works, so no one may boast.(E) 10 For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.(F)
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- 2:5 Our relation through baptism with Christ, the risen Lord, is depicted in terms of realized eschatology, as already exaltation, though Eph 2:7 brings in the future aspect too.
- 2:11–22 The Gentiles lacked Israel’s messianic expectation, lacked the various covenants God made with Israel, lacked hope of salvation and knowledge of the true God (Eph 2:11–12); but through Christ all these religious barriers between Jew and Gentile have been transcended (Eph 2:13–14) by the abolition of the Mosaic covenant-law (Eph 2:15) for the sake of uniting Jew and Gentile into a single religious community (Eph 2:15–16), imbued with the same holy Spirit and worshiping the same Father (Eph 2:18). The Gentiles are now included in God’s household (Eph 2:19) as it arises upon the foundation of apostles assisted by those endowed with the prophetic gift (Eph 3:5), the preachers of Christ (Eph 2:20; cf. 1 Cor 12:28). With Christ as the capstone (Eph 2:20; cf. Is 28:16; Mt 21:42), they are being built into the holy temple of God’s people where the divine presence dwells (Eph 2:21–22).