The Gospel transforms the way we live and those things that we thought were worthwhile become meaningless in light of the cross.
When this transformation happens it changes our culture and challenges the culture around us. It often goes head to head with the world's culture. This is exactly what happens here. The Gospel has brought change to many people in Ephesus. But this is creating social change that is met with opposition.
Artemis temple is gone! Artemis is gone! Nothing remains except ruins! All of the people are gone! But God's people who follow the Way are still here. Jesus still is Lord! God's Word will continue to prevail and bear fruit.
As believers, we should understand that the Way is still a cause of threat for non-believers. They will see us as threat when our lives are transformed by the Gospel and we oppose the lies of the culture. The world will fight back because they do not want to exposed as fools. We must not give it nor compromise. We must be bold in proclaiming God's truth. God's mission will go on and will be fulfilled. We should be encourage from this.