Therefore remember
that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision”
by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—
remember that you were at that time separate from Christ,
excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise,
having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus
you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:11-13

The focus of these verses is to remind us of what we were without Christ.  We were separate from God and could not receive all the promises of God.  We had no hope.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air,
of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh,
indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind,
and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
Ephesians 2:1-3

These verses give us a dismal, but true, picture of ourselves when we were without Christ and were controlled by sin.

But God, being rich in mercy . . .
Ephesians 2:4
But now in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 2:13

Remember! We have been provided an incredible cleansing from sin through Jesus.  We should have no desire to sin as we did before or desire to see how much like sinful people we can be without being totally like them or desire to follow man’s thinking which is likely to be wrong.  We were corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit (Ephesians 4:22) – the deceit of the great deceiver, Satan. 

But God, being rich in mercy . . .
Ephesians 2:4
But now in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 2:13

Because we have been forgiven so much we should quickly and joyfully follow our great Saviour.

 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
  that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self,
which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self,
which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Ephesians 4:21-24

Remember why we should do that.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
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 ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:4-10

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