Letters to the Church in Ephesus
- Revelation 2:1-7-Church of Ephesus
- 1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
- 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
- 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
- 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
- 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
- 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
- 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
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In Revelation 2:1-7-Church of Ephesus -although the letters to the churches happened in the past, they are messages that are important for us today.
- These are ongoing messages that every era should live by.
- The 7 churches mentioned in Revelation 2 and 3 were all in Asia Minor, which is present day Turkey.
Revelation 2:1-7-Church of Ephesus
1 John is explaining to the church of Ephesus that it is Christ that is writing to seven stars (the leaders of seven Churches) and they are to read the notes to their candlesticks (the people – their “Church”).
- Many evil people lived in the city of Ephesus .
- Jesus says he is “in the midst of the “Church” of the people and holding them securely.
- I know your works – we must always remember that Jesus see’s everything.
2-3 God is praising the Church of Ephesus for having endured hardships and not grown tired.
- God praises the congregation of the Ephesus Church, for not putting up with the evil people.
- Even though the church of Ephesus is standing solid amid evil.
- Furthermore, the Lord praised the church for testing those who say they are apostles and are not.
- And then finding them to be liars.
- Praised for having stayed true to God, for their patience and that have not stopped grown tired of living for Jesus.
4 Never-the-less – there was something bad within them that Jesus also saw.
- God tells the Ephesus church to “do the first works” and to repent for having left their “first love”.
- Because, they have fallen somewhat.
- Some of the goodness remains, but they are drifting away.
- However, enough of their faith remains that they couldn’t tolerate evil.
- Then, the Lord explains to the Ephesus church that they are not quite up to the standard of faith they had been.
5 God tells the people to remember back to when they were first saved (the happiness, love and joy they felt).
- Especially remember their willingness and obedience.
- That is to say, go back to those feelings and repent that they have fallen somewhat.
- If they don’t repent and “step up” then God will remove the candle (Jesus Christ) from them.
6. One of the first seven men ordained to the diaconate was Nicolas.
Who were the Nicolaitans that Jesus speaks of? (Also seen in Revelation 2:15)
- Diaconates were leaders (like Deacons) elected by the apostles to minister to the community of believers in Jerusalem.
- Further more, it was their job was to enable the apostles to concentrate on ‘prayer and the ministry of the word’.
Nicolas’ many followers were called the Nicolaitans. However, they had fallen away from the correct doctrine and were inventing their own “better” version of Christianity.
- God tells the Church of Ephesus that he hates the works of the Nicolaitans.
- And tells the Church that he sees that they also hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans.
7 A note for all Christians (not just the Church of Ephesus).
- Everyone who hears this message; let them listen to what the Spirit said to ALL the Churches.
- All people (throughout history) who reads or hears this message – pay attention!
- Those who belong to Jesus and can overcome the earthly sins are granted to eat from the tree of life, which is amid the Paradise of God (heaven).