Ephesians 2:21-22 (JDV)
Ephesians 2:21 every building, being fit together1 to him, increases into a temple devoted to the Lord.
Ephesians 2:22 You are also being built together in him for God’s dwelling in the Breath.
being fit together
Even though Ephesus was a Gentile city, Paul’s readers could understand his allusion to the temple courts in Israel. But Paul uses a term here in verse 21 that paints a word picture of God putting on the temple courts like a uniform. Later, he uses the same word to describe how the ligaments in the body hold the bones together.2 When God gave the Israelites instructions on how to build the tabernacle – then the temple – he insisted that they follow the pattern because the temple below represented a reality above.
We are being fit together like a uniform for God to wear, so that he can do the work he wants to do down here. We will not all have the same work, but God can use us all.
Lord, remove from us anything that hinders you from doing your great work through us.