A Life Commitment to the Great Commission
INTRODUCTION: It was in the city of Ephesus that the Apostle stayed longer than anywhere else, almost three years.
Ephesus was the market of Asia Minor. She was the "Treasure House of Asia" and some called her, "The Vanity Fair of Asia Minor."
At times, the Roman governor came there and great cases of justice were tried. She knew the pomp and pageantry of Roman power and Roman justice.
She was the seat of the Pan-Ionian Games which the whole Country came to see.
Ephesus was the home of criminals. The Temple of Diana possessed the right of asylum. That is to say, any criminal reaching the area round the temple was safe. Therefore, Ephesus had become the home of the criminals of the ancient world.
She was a center of pagan superstition. She was famous for charms and spells called, "Ephesian Letters." They were guaranteed to bring safety on a journey, to bring children to the childless, to bring success in love or business enterprises. From all over the world people came to buy these magic parchments which they wore as amulets.
The greatest glory of Ephesus was the Temple of Artemis. Artemis and Diana were one and the same, Artemis being the Greek name, Diana the Latin. The Temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was 425 feet long by 220 feet wide, by 60 feet high. There were 127 pillars, each the gift of a king. The story was that it had fallen from heaven.
This is the commitment of the Apostle Paul to spend 3 years in this pagan city preaching its only hope, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Before we leave one of Paul's finest friends, Apollos, note
1 Cor. 3:5-6
"Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase."
2 Corinthians 3:5, "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is fro ...
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