Seven Churches – Ephesus: The Loveless Church (B)

Seven Churches – Ephesus: The Loveless Church (B)

Salutation – Rev 2:1

To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, “These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands.”

The angel is the presiding bishop of the church. Timothy was the pastor of the congregation at Ephesus.

The seven stars are the seven pastors of the seven churches. The seven golden lampstands (seven-branched Menorah’s) represent the seven churches.

God’s right hand represents strength, safety, protection, honor and blessing. In other words, Jesus was holding the seven pastors in the palm of His hand. He was upholding them with His righteous right hand.

Assets – Rev 2:2-3

I know your works – your deeds and actions

Your labor – industry, activity

Your patience – endurance, stability

And that you cannot bear those who are evil – holiness expressed in hatred of evil

And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars – spiritual discernment

You have persevered and have patience – you have stuck in there and have forbearance

And have labored for My Name’s sake – not labored for themselves, but for the Lord.

And have not become weary – have waited on God, Isaiah 40:31

You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate – a false sect which had also infiltrated the church of Pergamos

Liabilities – Rev 2:4-5

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love – hearts have grown cold. Lack of love for Jesus and for one another.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent – Get back to the basics or your light (revelation) will be removed.

This verse could possibly be interpreted as the Lord removing the church unless they return to their first love.

The church of Ephesus was busy doing the work of the ministry.  They started out right (reaching out to people because of the love of God in their hearts).  However, they got off track and their motivations for doing things changed.  Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 that if we speak in tongues, prophesy, have all knowledge, give to the poor, have faith to move mountains, give our body to be martyred … yet have not love, it profits us nothing.

Our personal relationship with God is our first priority. It’s from that intimacy with the Lord that we reach out in ministry.

Promise – Rev 2:7

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.

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Seven Churches – Ephesus: The Loveless Church (A)

Seven Churches – Ephesus: The Loveless Church (A)

Historical City

Ephesus had been the home of the Apostle John for several years before he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos. John cared for Mary, the mother of Jesus, until her death. According to author Rick Renner of the book entitled A Light in Darkness, there is historical evidence that Mary lived in Ephesus. The most significant evidence of Mary’s residency is that a church was named in her honor (the first church to be named in her honor). Churches were built in honor of local saints at that time, so it’s reasonable to conclude that Mary was a local resident.

Author Rick Renner also states that John lived in a Christian community right on the outskirts of Ephesus at a location known as Mount Ayasuluk. This small Christian community was situated high above the temple of Artemis, just beyond the notice of Roman authorities.

A higher level of toleration was given to people living outside the city limits because their refusal to conform to local standards was not as obvious. The authorities were more concerned about in-town citizens who violated Roman law or the Emperor’s edicts for all to worship him. There was more freedom for believers to gather together and for spreading the Gospel.

Rick Renner goes on to say that the most important reason John lived on the outskirts of the city is because he had oversight of all the churches in Asia Minor. He met with leaders who traveled to see him. If they had met within the city limits of Ephesus, the situation would have been more dangerous and a higher chance of being arrested.

Ephesus was an important seaport on the Mediterranean, handling more trade than any other city in Asia Minor. People of many nationalities were drawn to this center of commerce where wealth flowed in abundance.

It was at Ephesus that Paul asked the brethren, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” and they answered, “We have not as much heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” (Acts 19:2). Paul laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit, and he stayed in the city two years. All they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks (Acts 19:10).

Paul’s preaching impacted the commerce of Ephesus since one of the major businesses was the making of silver shrines in honor of Diana. Ephesus boasted of a temple larger than the Greek Parthenon in honor of this many-breasted goddess. Worship of Diana was the worship of sexual lasciviousness.

As the city began to feel the impact of the Gospel, Demetrius, a silversmith, called the craftsmen together (Acts 19:25-27). The Gospel was affecting their income because they were getting less business. The town clerk succeeded in quieting the uproar and dismissed the assembly. The opposition to Paul was only the beginning of persecution for the Ephesian church.

Today the city of Ephesus lies in ruins.

Pt. 3: Seven Churches – Ephesus: The Loveless Church (B)

Pt. 47: Seven Churches – Ephesus: The Loveless Church (B)

Salutation – Rev 2:1

To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, “These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands.”

The angel is the presiding bishop of the church. Timothy was the pastor of the congregation at Ephesus.

The seven stars are the seven pastors of the seven churches. The seven golden lampstands (seven-branched Menorah’s) represent the seven churches.

God’s right hand represents strength, safety, protection, honor and blessing. In other words, Jesus was holding the seven pastors in the palm of His hand. He was upholding them with His righteous right hand.

 

Assets – Rev 2:2-3

I know your works – your deeds and actions

Your labor – industry, activity

Your patience – endurance, stability

And that you cannot bear those who are evil – holiness expressed in hatred of evil

And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars – spiritual discernment

You have persevered and have patience – you have stuck in there and have forbearance

And have labored for My Name’s sake – not labored for themselves, but for the Lord.

And have not become weary – have waited on God, Isaiah 40:31

You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate – a false sect which had also infiltrated the church of Pergamos

 

Liabilities – Rev 2:4-5

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love – hearts have grown cold. Lack of love for Jesus and for one another.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent – Get back to the basics or your light (revelation) will be removed.

This verse could possibly be interpreted as the Lord removing the church unless they return to their first love.

The church of Ephesus was busy doing the work of the ministry.  They started out right (reaching out to people because of the love of God in their hearts).  However, they got off track and their motivations for doing things changed.  Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 that if we speak in tongues, prophesy, have all knowledge, give to the poor, have faith to move mountains, give our body to be martyred … yet have not love, it profits us nothing.

Our personal relationship with God is our first priority. It’s from that intimacy with the Lord that we reach out in ministry.

 

Promise – Rev 2:7

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.

Pt. 2: Seven Churches – Ephesus (A)

Historical City

Ephesus had been the home of the Apostle John for several years before he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos. John cared for Mary, the mother of Jesus, until her death. According to author Rick Renner of the book entitled A Light in Darkness, there is historical evidence that Mary lived in Ephesus. The most significant evidence of Mary’s residency is that a church was named in her honor (the first church to be named in her honor). Churches were built in honor of local saints at that time, so it’s reasonable to conclude that Mary was a local resident.

Author Rick Renner also states that John lived in a Christian community right on the outskirts of Ephesus at a location known as Mount Ayasuluk. This small Christian community was situated high above the temple of Artemis, just beyond the notice of Roman authorities.

A higher level of toleration was given to people living outside the city limits because their refusal to conform to local standards was not as obvious. The authorities were more concerned about in-town citizens who violated Roman law or the Emperor’s edicts for all to worship him. There was more freedom for believers to gather together and for spreading the Gospel.

Rick Renner goes on to say that the most important reason John lived on the outskirts of the city is because he had oversight of all the churches in Asia Minor. He met with leaders who traveled to see him. If they had met within the city limits of Ephesus, the situation would have been more dangerous and a higher chance of being arrested.

Ephesus was an important seaport on the Mediterranean, handling more trade than any other city in Asia Minor. People of many nationalities were drawn to this center of commerce where wealth flowed in abundance.

It was at Ephesus that Paul asked the brethren, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” and they answered, “We have not as much heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” (Acts 19:2). Paul laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit, and he stayed in the city two years. All they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks (Acts 19:10).

Paul’s preaching impacted the commerce of Ephesus since one of the major businesses was the making of silver shrines in honor of Diana. Ephesus boasted of a temple larger than the Greek Parthenon in honor of this many-breasted goddess. Worship of Diana was the worship of sexual lasciviousness.

As the city began to feel the impact of the Gospel, Demetrius, a silversmith, called the craftsmen together (Acts 19:25-27). The Gospel was affecting their income because they were getting less business. The town clerk succeeded in quieting the uproar and dismissed the assembly. The opposition to Paul was only the beginning of persecution for the Ephesian church.

Today the city of Ephesus lies in ruins. To see a map of where the seven churches were located, please go to: Pt. 24: Seven Churches – Maps of the Seven Churches…