In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we find one word in 3:10 translated as “rich variety, manifold, multifaceted”. It is a word the translators struggled with as which word would best describe the meaning of the Greek word “Polupoikilos” which means a wide variety of colors like what is used in a painting.
So let’s read this passage with this understanding above.
Eph. 3:10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all.
“Polupoikilos” is the same word is used in the Greek Septuagint, a translation of the Bible that was written in Hebrew to best describe the varied colors or many colors of Joseph’s coat.
Gen. 37:2-3 Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. …Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.
So the picture we see in the letter of Ephesians is that God destroyed the dividing wall between the ethnic groups, the Jews and Greeks and He made them one. So through this passage then we discover that God’s purpose is best seen in the church, the Church that is “Polupoikilos”, a church varied in color. It is though the Church, God intends for the world to see and know about Him.
The NLT states it beautifully “God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all” a Church that is varied in color, Jew and Greeks, but united as one in Christ.
The Church is to be the picture of who God is, How God acts and reacts. So we could say that for the World to see and know God, they will do so through the Church. The Church is you and I. The Church is you and I not as individuals but coming together in unity, celebrating our Diversity, our individual uniqueness created in the likeness of God.