THE EPHESUS CHURCH
Ephesus was a city positioned near the western coast of Asia Minor. It was very significant in its day. Its harbor by the Aegean Sea received ships from afar, making Ephesus prosperous. It was the commercial centre of Asia. Ephesus was also popular because of the temple of Diana. It concealed criminals and silversmiths who carved small shrines of Diana. Paul had this to contend with, nevertheless, he planted a Church in Ephesus AD 52 (read Acts 18:19 – 21). Priscilla and Aquila served in this Church (read Acts 18:19). Apollos, a learned man, well trained and
thorough in the knowledge the scriptures, also spoke boldly in Ephesus. (Acts 18:24-25). Timothy was also involved with this Church. He was left in charge (1Tim.1:3).
At some point, John also served as Bishop to the Church of Ephesus. It had been in existence for over 40 years when John received the letter to the Church, through a vision. The directive John received was plain and simple. It wasn’t revealed with complicated or mysterious words which needed unraveling. The message to the Church of Ephesus brought commendation and encouragement, but it also included rebuke and chastisement.
The Seven Epistles to the Churches are made up of similar patterns: they instruct, reprimand, commend and comfort. It is Christ writing to His Church (His Bride). Though He warns His Bride in these letters, they can be considered as letters of love. Hebrews 12:6 tells us, “The Lord disciplines the one He loves.” Each letter starts with a picture of Christ and He has a special message for everyone. These letters are directed to the angel of the Churches. These angels are the ministers who deliver God’s message to the Church… stay tuned as we go through these seven letters.
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