Fake ID: “Voter ID”
Ephesus was not a small town that no one had ever heard of. It was a famous city—one of the largest in the ancient world. People took pride in being recognized as Ephesians. Paul writes to remind them that their primary allegiance is to Jesus; that being “in Ephesus” was not nearly as important as being “in Christ.” For those of us living in the United States, our core identity is not in being American; it is that we are Christians.