Who are we?

In this blog, there will be a variety of material: thoughts on Bible books, book reviews, historical characters, aspects of Scottish church history and other things.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The Saviour's commendation (Rev. 2:2-3)

The Saviour mentions that the church in Ephesus was an active church that engaged in arduous endeavours persistently. They had stickability. We are not told what their activities were, but they had plenty of them. They had no intention of reducing their commitment to Jesus. Although there was opposition, they did everything for Jesus.

Moreover, they had an accurate grasp of doctrine and they knew how to assess those who preached to them, including the Nicolaitans. Paul had warned the elders of Ephesus in Acts 20 that false teachers would try and damage the church. Clearly, they had taken this warning seriously, and they had kept themselves from doctrinal error and confusion. They had the right attitude towards false doctrine and wrong living based on false doctrine – they hated it.

The reality is that most people would have assumed that the church in Ephesus was a spiritually-healthy church. Perhaps other congregations craved the initiatives and the programmes and the way the Ephesians performed their church life. We could say that the church in Ephesus was interested in edification within and in evangelism to those who were without. Yet all was not well, and Jesus had observed the problem as he walked around the church.

We will think about the problem tomorrow.