Daily Bible Reading (Friday, August 25th)


Ephesians 2 (ESV)


By Grace Through Faith

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

One in Christ

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[d] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[e] the Spirit.


  1. Ephesians 2:3 Greek flesh
  2. Ephesians 2:3 Greek like the rest
  3. Ephesians 2:4 Or And
  4. Ephesians 2:19 Or sojourners
  5. Ephesians 2:22 Or in


"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." These are some great words that demand our careful thought as well as our profoundest praise.

We are blessed to have God's word and His truth so readily available to us. Let us remember the lost who are perishing, even those in the path of Hurricane Harvey. Dear Lord have mercy!

I agree, this is a great chapter. I cannot express in words how comforting it is.

“WOW! What a chapter, One of my favorites!” Such expression of joy by my brothers and sister at the reading of God’ word makes my heart rejoice.
“ For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and creator of all lay his Hands over our church, protecting and blessing His people now and forever

hildren of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 "But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved." ~ one of my favorites! ...BUT GOD!!

Wow! What a Gospel! What a Savior! Verse 13 stood out. Yet, this whole text speaks volumes...verses 8 & 9 seem to always be quoted, but oh how we mustn't leave verse 10 isolated...SDG

What a chapter! The first 10 verses might be my favorite passage in Scripture. We are completely hopeless on our own "but God", well that is a different story entirely. This lays out so clearly that our hope and salvation is 100% Him and 0% me. Thanks be to God!

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