A Variegated People
Variegated means “exhibiting different colors; marked by variety, colorful”. What a perfect word to describe what Paul is trying to establish in Ephesians. Back in the day and from the Jewish perspective, there were only two types of people: Jews and Gentiles. And never shall the two meet. There were barriers (literally) and a wall of hostility (literally) that divided the two. And the stakes were huge – like, eternity stakes. The Jews were the people of God. The Gentiles were, quite simply, not (yet). And that drove a line through everything: your bloodline, where you lived, how you cleaned, and what you ate. God tore down those walls, barriers, and biases so that we could be his one, multi-colored and variegated people!