Ephesus was a wealthy and powerful port city. It had many temples, including the world-famous Temple of Diana that honored the fertility goddess Artemis. Paul wrote to the Believers in this immoral, idolatrous city. He wanted to encourage them to stand firm as one body in Christ.
The church, Paul wrote, is a mystery-it has many diverse aspects, yet it still one: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called none hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:4). How do we live out this oneness? First, we must realize who God is and all the blessings He has given us; then, as we live out those blessings, unity and harmony will result.
In our day, when many factors seek to drive wedges between God’s people, as they did so long ago in Ephesus, we must stand together as one body in Christ. This commentary on the book of Ephesians will encourage us to do just that.