NOTE: The church at Ephesus. The word Ephesus means fully purposed.
Working hard to do the right thing. Their only fault is that they are begining to get a little slack with their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This church is commended for its intolerance.
It is a working church. It is not only a working church, it is a laboring church. It is a church that is working hard to carry out its tasks.
This church must remember to get back to its first love. It must remember to be seperated and give its love and life for Christ.
This church must repent of its indifference, indecision and indulgences.
This church must do the above or God will remove its power and influence if it does not repent.
Revelation 2:1-7 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 remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou HATEST THE DEEDS 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.
NOTE: There were people who claimed to be Apostles by APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION. They were TRIED,
I Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
II Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also bne transformed as the ministers of righteouysness; whose end shall be according to their works.
II Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
Mark 16:15-18 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
and failed the test, and were found to be LIERS. These same people liked to RULE over God’s people. Nicloaitans: -«Nikao» means to conquer, «Laos» (Laity) means common or ordinary people.
The doctrine of the Nicolaitans is a doctrine of how to conquer the common or ordinary people. The doctrine is set up whereby the clergy becomes a special priest-class in a special position, ruling the average ordinary Christian. This is a heresy and a pagan perversion of the Word of God.
I Peter 5:1-4 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
The Nicolaitans had «a form of godliness but denied the power thereof.»
The Church at Ephesus HATED their deeds and so did JESUS CHRIST. (And He still does today)
Revelation 2:7 ….. To him that overcometh…..
The statement «to him that overcometh» does not apply to the «Church Age» for we are already overcomers.
I John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
I John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Revelation 2:7, doctrinally, refers to someone in the tribulation. The promise in verse 7 is that the overcomer will eat of the tree of life.
Eating of the «tree of life» Â is a means of obtaining eternal life; and its partaking is based on works.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
NOTE: Notice that the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations and not born again believers in Christ.
Historically the Ephesus church age would run from around 30 A.D. to around 200 A.D.
Judas Iscariot was hanged and thrown headlong and then went to his own place.
Acts 1:25 … from which Jusas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
There were eleven Apostles:
Simon Peter — Brother of Andrew — The Apostle to the Jews — Wrote: I Peter & II Peter
Andrew — Brother of Peter
James — Son of Zebedee brother of John
John — Son of Zebedee brother of James — Wrote: John, I John, II John, III John and Revelation
James & John were Surnamed Boanerges — the sons of thunder
Matthew — The publician called the Levi — Wrote Matthew
James — Son of Alphaeus Brother of Judas
Lebbaeus Thaddaeus — Judas — Son of Alphaeus Brother of James
Simon Zelotes — The Canaanite
They added a twelfth:
The thirteenth Apostle:
Paul a special Apostle set apart to minister to the Gentiles.
Paul wrote: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus and Philemon.
The first word is each of those 13 epistles bares his name.