Church at Ephesus-2 (Re.2:1-7)

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience….(v.2)
While we study the messages to each church we need focus where He stands in the vision. He is in his majesty and as the Righteous Judge walking in the midst of seven golden candlesticks. “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his. (2 Ti.2:19-NIV)” Besides before his searching eyes nothing shall remain hidden. Of this we get an idea from Prophet Malachi,”And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver:…. (Mal.3:3).”
Patience is a virtue and in a secular context when a good commander does not commit his soldiers at the first sound of alarum it is not out of any timidity or of weakness. From the lives of great many military commanders the right time to strike is not always at the sight of the enemy but to fight him at the place he has already chosen and at his terms. We are familiar with the expression ‘Patience of Job’. Satan the great Deceiver was certain it was because of his great wealth and circumstance. He was wrong. Job’s patience was in the Lord God who allowed him pomp and circumstance and not because of material goods. So patience for it have perfect working must be set on an unshakeable anchor. Blessedness of a child of God is his hope. “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;(He.6:19). Let us look at the saying of Jesus “In your patience possess ye your souls(Lk.21:19).He said it in the context of the destruction of Jerusalem in the offing. None of his followers had any inkling of it. But God had already set a certain course of action and who shall be preserved from harm or who shall be taken and for slaughter was only known to him. Patience for a child of God works with certainty, -and which is foreknowledge, and the indwelling Spirit has a way of keeping it no matter what. “I know.” God has already seen it coming beforehand and has done what is needful. So our only concern should be to rest assured about our soul’s safety from all harm.”Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matt.10:28-NIV)”.The risen Christ encourages the church,”And hast borne, and hast patience….and hast not fainted.”
The early church was assailed by heresies brought in by Greek and Jewish converts to which Jesus Christ refers, and heresies are still among us and all these ideas are like flotsam getting in the way. Any church that has ceased to be ever vigilant stands in danger of these being passed about among the congregation. So the elder or the pastor must prefer a direct confrontation and rebut them according to the word than hoping it shall simply go away. In the epistle to Galatia we read of false brethren whose false teaching were calculated to do opposite of what they professed(Gal.2:4-5).If we have given up former walks of lives and the lust why get entangled again with the world?
In our present times such false brethren may present a case for ethnic diversity as an ideal but in result it shall merely end up fragmenting the congregation on ethnic lines. In the Nazi Germany the German Lutheran churches would go along with the Nazi ideology only to end up placing Mein Kampf along with the Bible. “How thou canst not bear them which are evil.(v.2)” These messages to churches are valid even in our times.
Benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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