Ephesians 2:20

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And are built vpon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Iesus Christ himselfe being the chiefe corner stone,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner {stone,}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Resting on the base of the Apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief keystone,
- Basic English Bible

being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the corner-stone,
- Darby Bible

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone;
- Webster's Bible

You are a building which has been reared on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus Himself,
- Weymouth Bible

being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone;
- World English Bible

aboue bildid on the foundement of apostlis and of profetis, vpon that hiyeste corner stoon, Crist Jhesu;
- Wycliffe Bible

being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being chief corner-[stone],
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 2:20


2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets - As the foundation sustains the building, so the word of God, declared by the apostles and prophets, sustains the faith of all believers. God laid the foundation by them; but Christ himself is the chief corner - stone of the foundation. Elsewhere he is termed the foundation itself, #1Cor 3:11|.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 2:20


Eph 2:20 Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. They have been built into the temple of the Lord. The word of God, declared by apostles and prophets, is the foundation of their faith, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]. The corner-stone was a stone of double size at the corner, which became a part of both walls and joined them together. So he had joined the Jews and Gentiles in the building. He is the foundation-stone on which the building rests, and the stone of union. Compare Isa 28:16 Mt 21:42 Ac 4:11 1Pe 2:7.

Discussion for Ephesians 2

  • Shirley Robinson-Allen
    This is a great chapter. It tell of God's mercy in that while we were sinners He sent His son to die for us so that we who believe on Him might be saved. As His chosen ones we need to serve Him, love our neighbors and do good to all men. In other words we should treat all God's children as brothers and sisters. To God be the glory great things He has done. He loved us so much He gave us His son.
  • Min. Sally Wheeler
    We are blessed to have a LORD who took upon Himself flesh, who preached the truth, then made that ultimate sacrifice on the cross for us. His blessings kept coming, He offers salvation as a free gift to all men who believe in Him. That's not including His righteousness. When God gives mercy, He certainly gives it.

    Glory to God!
    Alleluia!
    Thank You, Almighty God! Thank You!!!
  • Compare this and 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 "the mystery of lawlessness", and Colossians 3:5-7, with 1 John 3:4, which us the definition of sin. Furthermore,the whole letter of 1 John ties God's law together with love. An analogy would be: An Archer who is aiming at the target of righteousness God's ten commandments , contrasted with the one who is aiming at another target unrighteousness . Neither hit the bullseye perfectly 100 of the time, but each practice shooting one or the other target.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    RESTORE ! RESTORE ! RESTORE ! OH HEAVENLY ABBA DAD AND GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH, IN AND THROUGH YOUR SON OUR GLORIOUS LORD AND MAJESTY KING SUPREME TO COME, CHRIST YESHUA, JESUS, GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! THE DREADFUL AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD IS TRULY AT HAND FOR THIS VERY REASON AS IT WAS BACK IN THEIR DAY AND TIME. RAISE UP AND SEND FORTH YOUR CHOSEN SERVENT FOR THY NAMES SAKE AND FULFILL ALL THINGS IN THIS END OF THE AGE OF THE GENTILES TO YOUR EVERLASTING GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION AMEN ! God Bless and be with you ! Shalom yedda dim beloved one .
  • Ezekiel Johnson
    Paul's statement here in verse 8 " For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:", does not negate, cancel out, or make null and void our need to be baptized in the name of Jesus in order to receive forgiveness of sins, as he shared with the disciples of John the Baptist he met in Acts 19:1-6. In its proper context here, Paul is pointing all glory back to the one who made salvation a possibility for us who were dead in our trespasses and sins. Simply put, Christ didn't have to become the sacrifice and if he did not, there would be nothing that we could ever do to change our eternal destination. However, because he did die and paid the price for our sins, in the book of Acts, when the disciples, on order from Jesus were confronted by people needing salvation they always spell out quite clearly and simplistically what one must do. 1. REPENT 2. BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS 3. RECEIVE THE IN-FILLING OF GOD'S SPIRIT EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES AS HIS SPIRIT PROVIDES THE WORDS. These instruction that were given by Peter with the eleven Apostles in agreement , Phillip, Ananias, Paul, ect. in the the book of Acts.
  • Minnie Evans for verse 8
    Faith is in my heart. God gave me the gift of grace for my salvation. To save me from my sins.

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