11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by
birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are
called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision
made in the flesh by human hand --
12 remember that
you were at that time without Christ, being aliens 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 is our
peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken
down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.
15 He has abolished
the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create
in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,
16 and might reconcile
both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to
death that hostility through it.
17 So he came
and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those
who were near;
18 for through
him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.
19 So then you
are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the
saints and also members of the household of God,
20 built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself
as the cornerstone.
21 In him the
whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple
in the Lord;
22 in whom you
also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.