New International Version

Ephesians 2

Made Alive in Christ

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in 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. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For 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

11 Therefore, 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)— 12 remember 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. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by 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, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 2:3 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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以弗所书 2

靠恩典、凭信心

1你们从前死在过犯和罪恶之中。 那时,你们随从今世的风俗,顺服在空中掌权的魔鬼,就是如今在一切叛逆上帝之人心中运行的邪灵。 我们以前也在他们当中随从罪恶的本性[a],放纵肉体和心中的私欲,与其他人一样本是惹上帝发怒的人。

然而上帝有丰富的怜悯,祂深爱我们, 尽管我们死在过犯之中,祂仍然使我们和基督一同活了过来。你们得救是因为上帝的恩典。 在基督耶稣里,上帝使我们与基督一同复活,一同坐在天上, 好借着祂在基督耶稣里向我们所施的恩慈,向后世显明祂无可比拟的丰富恩典。 你们得救是靠恩典,凭信心。这不是出于你们自己,而是上帝的礼物; 也不是由于你们的行为,以免有人自夸。 10 我们是上帝的杰作,是在基督耶稣里创造的,为要叫我们做祂预先安排给我们的美善之事。

在基督里合而为一

11 因此,你们要记住,从前按照肉体来说你们是外族人,那些肉体上受过人手所行割礼的以色列人称你们为“没有受过割礼的”。 12 那时,你们与基督无关,又不是以色列人,在上帝应许的诸约上是局外人,你们活在世上没有盼望,没有上帝。 13 但你们这些从前远离上帝的人,如今在基督耶稣里,靠着祂所流的血已经被带到上帝面前。 14 因为基督耶稣亲自给我们带来了和平,以自己的身体拆毁了以色列人和外族人之间充满敌意的隔墙,使双方合而为一, 15 并废除了以诫命和规条为内容的律法制度。祂这样做是为了在自己里面把双方造成一个新人,成就和平, 16 并借着十字架消灭彼此间的敌意,使双方借着一个身体与上帝和好。 17 祂来传扬这平安的福音给你们这些离上帝很远的外族人,也给我们这些离上帝很近的以色列人。 18 我们双方都是靠着祂在同一位圣灵的引导下来到父上帝面前。

19 从此,你们不再是外人或过客,你们与众圣徒一样是天国的子民,是上帝家里的人了。 20 你们已被建立在众使徒和先知们的基础上,基督耶稣自己是房角石。 21 整座建筑的各部分都靠祂巧妙地连接在一起,逐渐成为主的圣殿。 22 你们也靠着祂被建造在一起,成为上帝借着圣灵居住的地方。

Footnotes

  1. 2:3 罪恶的本性”希腊文是“肉体”。