Ephesians 2:16-22

2:16 and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed.
2:17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near,
2:18 so that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household,
2:20 because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
2:21 In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

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Ephesians 2:11-15

2:11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands –
2:12 that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
2:14 For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility,
2:15 when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace,

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Ephesians 2:1-10

2:1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2:2 in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience,
2:3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…

2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,
2:5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! –
2:6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
2:7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;
2:9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
2:10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

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Ephesians 1:15-23

1:15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers.
1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him,
1:18 – since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
1:19 and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength.
1:20 This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms
1:21 far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
1:22 And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things.
1:23 Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

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Ephesians 1:3-14

1:3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.
1:4 For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.
1:5 He did this by predestining us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will –
1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son.
1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
1:8 that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.
1:9 He did this when he revealed to us the secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,
1:10 toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.
1:11 In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will
1:12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of his glory.
1:13 And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,
1:14 who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.

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Acts 1:3-8

1:3 To the same apostles also, after his suffering, he presented himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God.
1:4 While he was with them, he declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what my Father promised, which you heard about from me.
1:5 For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

1:6 So when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
1:7 He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.
1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.”

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