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TO EPHESUS

”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; 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: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 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. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deed of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 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. "  Rev. 2:1-7

 

Ephesus was located a few miles inland from the Aegean Sea. It was on the Cayster River. Silt has long since filled that harbor. The city of Ephesus had one of the Seven Wonders of the World at the time which was the temple of Artemis (Diana to the Romans). It was considered by many to be the most amazing of the seven wonders. The worship of Artemis included shameless and vile practices such as prostitution and mutilation in the rituals. The temple and the city were destroyed in 252 A.D.

The key in these verses pertaining to the church at Ephesus is found in the expression "Thou hast left thy first love." Christ goes on to say that they are to remember from whence they are fallen and repent and do the first works or He would come quickly and remove the candlestick out of his place. They had left their first love.

Many Christians have done this. This was the situation when Jesus said He had "somewhat against them." Jesus must come first! There is a marvelous promise to those who overcome. They "will be given to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." This also reveals that the saints will eat when in a glorified state. Cf. 2:17; 19:9; Matt. 26:29; Luke 24:29-30, 41-43; Jn. 21:5-14.

For the thought that claims a timetable in the churches would place the time period for the church of Ephesus would end about 100 AD. It represented the apostolic period.

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