New International Version

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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Efesofoɔ 2:1-22

Yɛnya Nkwa Wɔ Kristo Mu

1Mo deɛ, na moawuwu wɔ mo amumuyɛ ne mo bɔne a 2na anka mote mu, ɛberɛ a na modi ewiase ne ewiem sodifoɔ ahennie akyi no ne honhom a seesei ɛreyɛ adwuma wɔ wɔn a wɔyɛ asoɔden mu no. 3Ɛberɛ bi, yɛn nyinaa ne wɔn tena dii honam akɔnnɔ akyi yɛɛ ɔhonam apɛdeɛ ne ne nsusuiɛ. Yɛn nso na ɛsɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn abufuo ba yɛn so. 4Nanso, ɛsiane nʼadɔyɛ a ɛdɔɔso ma yɛn enti, Onyankopɔn a nʼahummɔborɔ dɔɔso no 5maa yɛn nkwa wɔ Kristo mu, wɔ ɛberɛ a anka yɛawuwu wɔ amumuyɛ mu mpo; adom enti na wɔagye mo nkwa. 6Onyankopɔn nyanee yɛn ne Kristo, na ɔde yɛn ne Kristo atena ɔsoro ahemman mu 7sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a nna a ɛreba no mu, ɔbɛda nʼadom ahonya a ɛboro so no adi; nʼadɔeɛ a ɔnam Kristo Yesu so yɛɛ yɛn no. 8Ɛyɛ adom no enti na wɔnam gyidie so agye mo nkwa. Ɛmfiri mo ankasa, ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn akyɛdeɛ. 9Ɛmfiri nnwuma mu, na obi de ahoahoa ne ho. 10Onyankopɔn na wayɛ yɛn sɛdeɛ yɛteɛ yi. Ɔnam Kristo so bɔɔ yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛyɛ nnwuma pa a wasiesie ato hɔ no.

Kristo Mu Baako Yɛ

11Afei, monkae sɛ mo a na anka kane no wɔwoo mo amanamanmufoɔ, na wɔn a wɔfrɛ wɔn ho twetiatwafoɔ, (deɛ wɔde nsa ayɛ wɔ honam mu) frɛ mo momonotofoɔ, 12monkae sɛ saa ɛberɛ no, na moate mo ho afiri Kristo ho, na wɔnnkane mo mfra Israelfoɔ, na moyɛ ahɔhoɔ a monka bɔhyɛ apam no ho, na monni anidasoɔ ɛna monni Onyankopɔn nso wɔ ewiase. 13Nanso, afei mo a na anka mowɔ akyirikyiri no, wɔnam Kristo mogya no so atwe mo abɛn Onyankopɔn.

14Ɛfiri sɛ, Kristo no ankasa nam baako a wama Yudafoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ ayɛ no so de asomdwoeɛ aba. Ɔnam ɔno ankasa ne honam so bubuu ɔfasuo a na ɛtwa wɔn ntam ma wɔyɛ atamfoɔ no. 15Ɔnam ne onipadua so asɛe Mose Mmara ne nʼahyɛdeɛ tumi no. Ne botaeɛ ne sɛ ɔbɛma Yudafoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ ayɛ baako na ɔde asomdwoeɛ aba. 16Ɔnam asɛnnua a ɔde sɛee nitan a ɛwɔ wɔn ntam no so aka wɔn abom ayɛ onipadua 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 enti yɛwɔ Honhom baako a yɛnam no so kɔ Agya no nkyɛn.

19Enti seesei, monnyɛ ahɔhoɔ ne amanfrafoɔ bio, na mmom mo ne Onyankopɔn nkurɔfoɔ no yɛ nnipa korɔ na mofra Onyankopɔn abusuafoɔ no mu, 20na wɔato mo asi asomafoɔ no ne adiyifoɔ no fapem a Kristo Yesu no ankasa yɛ ne tweatiboɔ no so. 21Ɔno na ɔma ɛdan mu no nyinaa yɛ baako na ɛbɛyɛ asɔredan kronkron wɔ Awurade mu. 22Ne mu na wɔresiesie mo na mo abɔ mu abɛyɛ efie a Onyankopɔn nam ne Honhom so tena mu.