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Ephesians 2:1-22

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.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Efesofo 2:1-22

Yenya Nkwa Wɔ Kristo Mu

1Mo de, na moawuwu wɔ mo amumɔyɛ ne mo bɔne a 2na anka mote mu, bere a na mudi wiase ne wim sodifo ahenni akyi no ne honhom a mprempren ɛreyɛ adwuma wɔ wɔn a wɔyɛ asoɔden mu no mu. 3Bere bi, yɛn nyinaa ne wɔn tena dii ɔhonam akɔnnɔ akyi yɛɛ ɔhonam apɛde ne ne nsusuwii. Yɛn nso, na ɛsɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn abufuw ba yɛn so. 4Nanso esiane nʼadɔeyɛ a ɛdɔɔso ma yɛn nti, Onyankopɔn a nʼahummɔbɔ dɔɔso no 5maa yɛn nkwa wɔ Kristo mu, wɔ bere a anka yɛawuwu wɔ amumɔyɛ mu mpo; adom nti na wɔagye mo nkwa. 6Onyankopɔn nyan yɛn ne Kristo, na ɔde yɛn ne Kristo atena ɔsoro ahemman mu 7sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a nna a ɛreba no mu no, ɔbɛda nʼadom ahonya a ɛso nni no adi; nʼadɔe a ɔnam Kristo Yesu so yɛɛ yɛn no. 8Ɛyɛ adom no nti na wɔnam gyidi so agye mo nkwa. Emfi mo ankasa, ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn akyɛde. 9Emfi nnwuma mu, na obi de ahoahoa ne ho. 10Onyankopɔn na wayɛ yɛn sɛnea yɛte yi. Ɔnam Kristo so bɔɔ yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛyɛ nnwuma pa a wasiesie ato hɔ no.

Kristo Mu Biakoyɛ

11Afei monkae sɛ mo a na anka kan no wɔwoo mo sɛ amanamanmufo, na wɔn a wɔfrɛ wɔn ho twetiatwafo no (nea wɔde nsa ayɛ wɔ honam mu) frɛ mo momonotofo, 12monkae sɛ saa bere no na moatew mo ho afi Kristo ho, na wɔnkan mo mfra Israelfo, na moyɛ ahɔho a monka bɔhyɛ apam no ho, na munni anidaso na munni Onyankopɔn nso wɔ wiase. 13Nanso afei mo a na anka mowɔ akyirikyiri no, wɔnam Kristo mogya no so atwe mo abɛn Onyankopɔn.

14Efisɛ Kristo no ankasa nam baako a wama Yudafo ne amanamanmufo ayɛ no so de asomdwoe aba. Ɔnam ɔno ankasa ne honam so bubuu fasu a na etwa wɔn ntam ma wɔyɛ atamfo no. 15Ɔnam ne nipadua so asɛe Mose mmara ne nʼahyɛde tumi no. Ne botae ne sɛ ɔbɛma Yudafo ne amanamanmufo ayɛ baako na ɔde asomdwoe aba; 16ɔnam asennua a ɔde sɛee nitan a ɛwɔ wɔn ntam no so aka wɔn abɔ mu ayɛ wɔn nipadua baako na wapata wɔne Onyankopɔn ntam. 17Enti Kristo ba bɛkaa Asɛmpa a ɛyɛ asomdwoesɛm no kyerɛɛ wɔn a wɔwɔ akyirikyiri ne wɔn a wɔbɛn nyinaa. 18Ɔno nti yɛwɔ Honhom baako a yɛnam no so kɔ Agya no nkyɛn.

19Enti mprempren, monnyɛ ahɔho ne amamfrafo bio, na mmom mo ne Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo no yɛ nnipa koro na mofra Onyankopɔn abusua no mu, 20na wɔato mo asi asomafo no ne adiyifo no fapem a Kristo Yesu no ankasa yɛ ne tweatibo no so. 21Ɔno na ɔma ɔdan mu no nyinaa yɛ baako na ɛbɛyɛ asɔredan kronkron wɔ Awurade mu. 22Ne mu na wɔresiesie mo na moabɔ mu abɛyɛ ofi a Onyankopɔn nam ne Honhom so tena mu.