Ephesians 1 and 2 very clearly state what manís old state was and what his new being in Christ is. As you read through these drive your stake as to all God says is TRUE about you!

 

PAST . . .  were                             PRESENT . . .  are

 

dead in trespasses                                         loved

 

walking according to the world                 made alive with Christ

 

living in lusts of our flesh                            seated in heavenly places

 

by nature children of wrath                         shown the riches of His kindness 

 

Gentiles of the flesh                                      saved by grace

 

separate                                                           walking in His good works

 

excluded from Israel                                     now brought near

 

strangers to the promise                              at peace through Christ

 

with no hope                                                 made one with God

 

without God                                                  with no barrier

 

strangers and aliens                                     with no enmity between us and God

 

far-off                                                             made into one new man

 

                                                                        with access to the Father   

 

                                                                        fellow citizens

 

                                                                        built on the foundations of apostles and prophets

 

                                                                        a  holy temple

 

                                                                        the dwelling place of God