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.
Okuggyibwa mu kufa n’okufuulibwa abalamu
12:1 nny 5; Bak 2:13Edda mwali mufiiridde mu byonoono byammwe ne mu bibi byammwe. 22:2 a Bak 3:7 b Yk 12:31; Bef 6:12 c Bef 5:6Ebyo bye mwatambulirangamu ng’emirembe egy’ensi bwe giri, nga mufugibwa omwoyo ogw’omukulu w’obuyinza obw’omu bbanga, omwoyo ogwa Setaani, ogufuga abajeemu bonna. 32:3 Bag 5:16Edda naffe twatambuliranga mu kwegomba kw’emibiri gyaffe, nga tukola ebyo ebyegombebwanga omubiri n’ebirowoozo. Era okufaanana ng’abantu abalala bonna, naffe mu buzaaliranwa twali baakubonerezebwa ng’abalala bonna. 4Kyokka olw’okwagala kwe okungi, n’ekisa kye ekingi, 52:5 a nny 1 b nny 8; Bik 15:11ne bwe twali nga tufiiridde mu bibi byaffe, yatufuula abalamu awamu ne Kristo. Mwalokolebwa lwa kisa. 62:6 a Bef 1:20 b Bef 1:3Katonda yatuzuukiriza wamu ne Kristo okuva mu kufa ne tufuna obulamu, era atutuuzizza mu bifo eby’omu ggulu, okumpi ne Kristo Yesu. 72:7 Tit 3:4Ekyo Katonda yakikola alyoke alage, mu mirembe egigenda okujja, ekisa kye ekingi kye yatukwatirwa mu Kristo Yesu. 82:8 nny 5Mwalokolebwa lwa kisa olw’okukkiriza. Tekwava mu mmwe, wabula kirabo kya Katonda. 92:9 a 2Ti 1:9 b 1Ko 1:29Tekwatuweebwa lwa bikolwa byaffe; noolwekyo omuntu yenna aleme okwenyumirizanga. 102:10 a Bef 4:24 b Tit 2:14Tuli mulimu gwa Katonda, abaatondebwa mu Kristo Yesu, okukolanga ebikolwa ebirungi, nga Katonda bwe yatuteekerateekera.
11Noolwekyo mujjukire, ng’edda mmwe abaali Abaamawanga mu mubiri, abaayitibwanga abatali bakomole abo abeeyita abaakomolebwa, kyokka nga baakomolebwa mu mubiri na ngalo z’abantu, 122:12 a Bag 3:17 b 1Bs 4:13nga mu biro biri temwamanya Kristo. Temwabalirwa mu ggwanga lya Isirayiri, era ng’Abaamawanga, temwalina mugabo mu ndagaano ya Katonda ey’ekisuubizo. Mwali wala ne Katonda, nga n’essuubi temulina. 132:13 a nny 17; Bik 2:39 b Bak 1:20Naye kaakano mu Kristo Yesu, mmwe abaali ewala mwasembezebwa olw’omusaayi gwa Kristo.
14Kristo gy’emirembe gyaffe, oyo eyatufuula ffe Abayudaaya nammwe Abaamawanga, okuba omuntu omu, ng’amenyeewo ekisenge ekya wakati eky’obulabe, ekyatwawulanga. 152:15 a Bak 1:21, 22 b Bak 2:14 c Bag 3:28Yadibya n’etteeka mu mateeka, alyoke yeetondemu omuntu omuggya ava mu babiri, ng’aleeta emirembe, 16alyoke atabaganye ababiri okufuuka omubiri gumu eri Katonda olw’omusaalaba, bwe yazikiririza obulabe ku gwo. 17Yajja okubuulira emirembe abo abaali ewala ne Katonda, n’abo abaali okumpi naye. 182:18 a Bef 3:12 b Bak 1:12 c 1Ko 12:13Ku bw’oyo Kristo ffenna tuyita mu Mwoyo omu okutuuka eri Kitaffe.
192:19 a nny 12 b Baf 3:20 c Bag 6:10Noolwekyo temukyali baamawanga oba abagwira, wabula muli ba kika kimu n’abatukuvu, abantu ba Katonda, era muli ba mu nnyumba ya Katonda. 202:20 1Pe 2:4-8Mwazimbibwa ku musingi ogw’abatume ne bannabbi, nga Kristo Yesu ly’ejjinja ekkulu ery’oku nsonda. 212:21 1Ko 3:16, 17Mu oyo ffenna tuzimbibwa wamu ne tugattibwa wamu ne tubeera essinzizo ettukuvu mu Mukama waffe. 22Era nammwe mwazimbibwa wamu mu kizimbe ekyo Kristo ky’azimbye okubeeranga ekifo Omwoyo wa Katonda mwabeera.