As 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 sinful nature and
following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest,
we were by nature objects 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
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,
and this not from
yourselves, it is the gift
of God— not by works,
so that no one can boast.
For we are God’s workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.