I’ve been studying Ephesians 2:1-10 for the ladies Bible study tomorrow night, and I arranged the passage visually (à la Justin Taylor) so I could see the flow of thought better. This method of breaking down a passage can help you see parallelism and follow complicated syntax. I’m sure there are other ways you could arrange these ideas, but this is what I came up with and this was helpful to me as I studied the passage.
1 And you
were dead in the trespasses and sins
2 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
3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh,
carrying out the desires of the body and the mind,
and were by nature children of wrath,
like the rest of mankind.
4 But 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—
6 and raised us up with him
and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God,
9 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.