In our devotion today, I want to begin the messages sent to the 7 churches in Asia Minor and this also begins the 2nd part of the outline of the Book of the Revelation. I want to begin “The Message to the Church In Ephesus” and my text will be Revelation 2:1, where we see, “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;” (KJV) With each church, I’ll look at some history about the church and then begin looking at the scriptures pertaining to the Lord’s message directed to this local body of believers.
Here are a few historical facts about the city and the church in Ephesus. First, the city of Ephesus was the capital of Asia at the time of John writing this message and was known as the “Light of Asia” which would mean that there was a lot of energy, excitement and wealth in the city of Ephesus. The city of Ephesus was a “free city” in the Roman Empire at this time, which means that there was no troop occupation of the city and they were allowed to govern themselves which would lead to a feeling of independence and pride. Ephesus was the center of the worship of the goddess Diana which, in that day, was the 7th Wonder of the world. We can read of this idol’s influence on the people in Acts 19:35. Interestingly, the site where this idol temple used to sit is now a stagnant pool of water and covered with green scum. This church in Ephesus is less than 100 years from Calvary, this church enjoyed the apostle’s preaching and as far as the Church Age is concerned, it represents the Church in the infancy of the Church Age. In our next devotion, we’ll start examining the scriptures for what the message was to this local assembly.
Pastor Joey Durham