Made Alive in Christ
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in 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. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh2:3 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. and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For 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
11Therefore, 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)— 12remember 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. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by 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, 16and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
An raya ku a cikin Kiristi
1Ku kam, a dā ku matattu ne saboda laifofinku da kuma zunubanku. 2Kun yi rayuwa kamar yadda sauran mutanen duniya suke yi, cike da zunubi, kuna biyayya ga sarki masu ikon sarari sama, wato, ruhun nan da yanzu yake aiki a cikin masu ƙin biyayya ga Allah. 3Dukanmu a dā mun yi irin rayuwan nan a cikinsu, muna bin kwaɗayi da sha’awace-sha’awacen jikunanmu da tunaninmu. Kamar sauran mutane, mun cancanci fushin Allah. 4Amma saboda yawan ƙaunar da yake mana, Allah, wanda yake mai yawan jinƙai, 5ya ba mu rai sa’ad da ya tashe Kiristi daga matattu. Ta wurin alherin Allah ne aka cece ku. 6Allah ya tashe mu tare da Kiristi, ya kuma ba mu wurin zama tare da shi a cikin mulkin samaniya. 7Allah ya yi haka domin a tsararraki masu zuwa yă nuna yalwar alherinsa da ya wuce misali, an bayyana alheransa da ya yi mana ta wurin Kiristi Yesu. 8Allah ya cece ku ta wurin alheri sa’ad da kuka ba da gaskiya. Wannan kuwa ba yinku ba ne, kyauta ce daga Allah. 9Ba kuwa saboda aikin lada ba, don kada wani yă ɗaga kai. 10Ai, mu aikinsa ne, an sāke halittarmu a cikin Kiristi Yesu musamman domin mu yi kyawawan ayyuka, waɗanda Allah ya tanadar mana tun da fari, mu yi.
An sulhunta Yahudawa da al’ummai su zama ɗaya ta wurin Kiristi
11Saboda haka, ku tuna dā ku Al’ummai ne bisa ga haihuwa, waɗanda kuma ake kira masu “kaciya” sukan kira ku “marasa kaciya” (ga shi kuwa, kaciyar nan ta jiki ce, wadda ake yi da hannu). 12Ku kuma tuna a lokacin ba ku san Kiristi ba. A ware kuke daga mutanen Isra’ila, ba ku kuma da dangantaka da alkawaran da Allah ya yi da su. Kun yi zama a duniyan nan babu bege kuma babu Allah. 13Amma yanzu a cikin Kiristi Yesu, ku da dā kuke can da nesa an kawo ku kusa ta wurin jinin Kiristi.
14Gama shi kansa shi ne salamarmu, shi ne ya kawo ƙungiyoyi biyu suka zama ɗaya, ya kuma rushe katangan nan ta ƙiyayya wadda ta raba mu. 15Kiristi ya ba da jikinsa don yă kawar da doka da dukan umarnanta da kuma ƙa’idodinta. Ya yi haka domin yă halicci sabuwar zuriya daga zuriyoyin nan biyu. Ta haka kuma ya kawo salama tsakaninsu. 16A kan gicciye, Kiristi ya kawar da ƙiyayyar da take tsakaninmu da juna. Ya kuma kawo sulhu tsakaninmu da Allah. 17Ya zo ya yi muku wa’azin salama; ku da kuke nesa da shi, ya kuma yi wa waɗanda suke kusa. 18Gama ta wurinsa dukanmu za mu iya zuwa gun Uba ta wurin Ruhu guda.
19Don haka, yanzu ku ba baƙi ba ne, ku kuma ba bare ba ne. Ku ’yan ƙasa ne tare da mutanen Allah, iyalin gidan Allah kuma. 20Ku gini ne wanda manzanni da annabawa suke tushensa, Kiristi kuma shi ne dutse mafi muhimmanci na ginin. 21Ta wurinsa ne dukan ginin yake a haɗe, shi ne kuma yake sa ginin yă yi girma, yă zama haikali mai tsarki domin Ubangiji. 22Ku ma sashe ne na wannan ginin da Kiristi ya yi inda Allah yake zaune ta wurin Ruhunsa.