THE EPHESIAN CHURCH CHALLENGED
The testimony of the Ephesian church surfaced again many years after Paul was gone. The Lord Jesus Christ through John the Apostle examined this church together with the other six churches in Asia. The Lord Jesus was described as He who held the seven stars in His right hand and walked in the midst of seven golden candlesticks.
The church was commended for her labour and her patience and for reproving evil and false apostles. The church had stood patiently and laboured for Christ’s sake and had not fainted. The other commendation was that she hated the works of the Nicolaitans which the Lord also hated. It was about forty years since Paul departed and a new generation of Ephesians had emerged. Timothy and John had served in this church and their influence was still felt. That was the reason for the commendable stand.
Meanwhile, compromise had crept in and the Lord said, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Rev 2:4). Love for one another was absent, and love for Christ was also lukewarm. The warmth of the spirit was missing. Love for Christ is truth and the Apostle taught them that truth. However, yielding to temptation came easily. The Lord also prescribed a remedy that they must remember where they had fallen from and repent. They must be restored to their original position. They had laid aside their spiritual armour. They needed to repent and to keep on fighting. The church today must learn a lesson from this church and not repeat their errors. This is the warning that is given in the refrain to all the seven churches. The Lord said, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches …” (Rev 2:7). Are you listening?
THOUGHT: “Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin.”
PRAYER: Lord, may my church keep the light of the gospel shining.