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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.

Nkwa Asem

Efesofo 2

Kristo mu nkwagye yɛ adom

1Kan no, esiane mo asoɔden ne mo bɔne nti, na moawuwu wɔ honhom mu. Saa bere no na mudi bɔne a ɛwɔ wiase no akyi. Mutiee nea odi wim atumfo so a ɛnnɛ yi ɔno na odi wɔn a wontie Onyankopɔn asɛm no so no. Nokwarem, na yɛn nyinaa te sɛ wɔn na yɛtenaa ase maa yɛn ho, yɛɛ nea yɛpɛ sɛ yɛyɛ biara. Yɛn nso na ɛsɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn abufuw ba yɛn so saa ara.

Nanso Onyankopɔn ahummɔbɔ ne ne dɔ a ɔdɔ yɛn no so efisɛ, yɛn asoɔden nti, yewuwuu wɔ honhom mu no, ɔde yɛn ne Kristo baa nkwa mu. Onyankopɔn adom nti na wɔagye mo nkwa. Baako a yɛne Kristo Yesu yɛe no nti, ɔma yɛne no sɔree sɛ yɛne no nni soro so. Ɔyɛɛ eyi de daa ne dɔ a ɔbɛda no adi akyerɛ yɛn wɔ Yesu Kristo mu wɔ nna a ɛrebɛba no mu no adi.

Onyankopɔn adom nti na monam gyidi mu anya nkwa. Emfi mo ara mo nneyɛe mu na mmom efi Onyankopɔn akyɛde mu. Biribiara a aba no mfi mo nneyɛe mu nti morentumi nhoahoa mo ho. 10 Onyankopɔn ne yɛn Yɛfo na yɛne Kristo Yesu baakoyɛ mu, wabɔ yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛyɛ nnwuma pa a wasiesie agu hɔ sɛ yɛmmɛyɛ no.

11 Mo a wɔwoo mo Amanamanmufo a Yudafo, wɔn a wɔfrɛ wɔn ho twetiatwafo, na wɔfrɛ mo wɔn a wontwaa twetia a ɛkyerɛ nea na nnipa yɛ wɔn honam no, monkae sɛnea na mote bere a atwam no. 12 Saa bere no, na moatew mo ho afi Kristo ho. Na moyɛ ahɔho a monka wɔn a Onyankopɔn ayi wɔn no ho. Na munni apam a ne fapem gyina ɛbɔ a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ ne nkurɔfo no mu kyɛfa biara. Na mote wiase ha a munni anidaso na munnim Onyankopɔn.

13 Nanso, afei, mo a na anka mowɔ akyirikyiri no nam baako a mo ne Kristo Yesu ayɛ no ne Kristo wu no so atwiw abɛn.

14 Efisɛ, Kristo no ankasa nam baako a wama Yudafo ne Amanamanmufo ayɛ no so de asomdwoe aba. Ɔnam ɔno ankasa ne honam so bubuu ɔfasuw a na etwa wɔn ntam ma wɔyɛ atamfo no. 15 Ɔnam ne mmara so atwa Yuda Mmara no mu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a obefi nnipa horow abien no mu anya nnipa foforo a wɔne no yɛ baako na ɛnam so de asomdwoe aba. 16 Kristo nam ne wu a owui asɛnnua no so no tɔree ɔtan ase. Ɔnam asɛnnua no so kaa aman abien no bɔɔ mu ma wɔbɛyɛɛ nipadua koro san de wɔn baa Onyankopɔn nkyɛn. 17 Enti Kristo ba bɛkaa Asɛmpa a ɛfa asomdwoe ho no kyerɛɛ wɔn nyinaa. Ɔka kyerɛɛ mo Amanamanmufo a na mommɛn Onyankopɔn no ne mo Yudafo a na mobɛn Onyankopɔn no nyinaa. 18 Kristo nti na yɛn nyinaa, Yudafo ne Amanamanmufo, nam Honhom koro so tumi ba Agya no anim.

19 Enti mprempren, mo Amanamanmufo no, monyɛ ahɔho bio; mo ne Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo no yɛ nnipa koro na mofra Onyankopɔn abusuafo no mu.

20 Mo nso wɔde mo asi fapem a asomafo no ne adiyifo no toe a Kristo Yesu no ankasa yɛ ne tweatibo no so. 21 Ɔno na okita ɔdan no afaafa nyinaa mu na ɔhwɛ ma enyin bɛyɛ Awurade asɔredan kronkron no. 22 Mo ne no aka abom nti, wɔasi mo ne afoforo nyinaa afra sɛ ɔdan baako a Onyankopɔn nam ne Honhom so te mu.