And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;||
(2:2) "The prince of the power of the air"|
Satan is the "prince of the power of the air." Until modern times Christians believed that Satan
was responsible for storms and droughts. (See The
Warfare of Science With Theology, Chapter 11 by Andrew Dickson White)
(2:3) "By nature the children of wrath"
Are we all God's children?
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh
in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of
our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were
by nature the children of
wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;)||
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus:||
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace
in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.||
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
(2:8-9) "By grace are ye Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves ...
Not of works, lest any man should boast."|
Is Salvation by faith alone?
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which
God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who
are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the
flesh made by hands;||
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having
no hope, and without God in the world:||
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the
blood of Christ.||
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the
middle wall of partition between us;||
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in
ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making
(2:15) "Having abolished in his flesh ... the law of commandments"|
Must Christians obey Old Testament laws?
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having
slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.||
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens
with the saints, and of the household of God;||
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus
Christ himself being the chief corner stone;||
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple
in the Lord:||
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the