*Capture each part of the process of being made alive in Christ.
Here the passage is broken into its separate phrases and nuanced truths
…explained here by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 2, verses 1-10.
Ephesians 2:1-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
2 “And you [He made alive
when you] were [spiritually] dead
and separated from Him
because of your transgressions and sins,
2 in which you once walked.
You were following the ways of this world
[influenced by this present age],
in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan),
the spirit who is now at work
in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].
3 Among these [unbelievers]
we all once lived
in the passions of our flesh
[our behavior governed by the sinful self],
indulging the desires of [a flesh] human nature
[without the Holy Spirit]
and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind.
We were, by nature,
children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath,
just like the rest [of mankind].
4 But God,
being [so very] rich in mercy,
because of His great and wonderful love
with which He loved us,
5 even when we were
and separated from Him
because of our sins,
He made us [spiritually] alive
together with Christ
(for by His grace—
His undeserved favor and mercy—
you have been saved from God’s judgment).
6 And He raised us up together with Him
[when we believed],
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places,
[because we are] in Christ Jesus,
7 [and He did this]
so that in the ages to come
He might [clearly] show
the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches
of His grace in [His] kindness toward us
in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].
8 For it is by grace
[God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ]
that you have been saved
and given eternal life]
And this [salvation]
is not of yourselves
[not through your own effort],
but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;
9 not as a result of [your] works
[nor your attempts to keep the Law],
so that no one will [be able to]
boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].
10 For we are His workmanship
[His own master work,
a work of art],
created in Christ Jesus
[reborn from above
—spiritually transformed, renewed,
ready to be used]
for good works,
which God prepared [for us]
[taking paths which He set],
so that we would walk in them
[living the good life
which He prearranged and
made ready for us].”
Read the full series on Every believer’s new life in Christ: Ephesians 1