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Ephesus: The Jealousy of Jesus (10 of 58)
Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
WELCOME TO THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS:
If you were arriving in Ephesus this morning, there is only one sight that would catch your eyes. Not the bustling harbor teeing with boats, not the roads lined with the exotic spices and goods from the east. No it would be the lustrous golden gleam of the Temple of Diana. The largest building ever built in the ancient world, the size of a city block, 10 stories high and covered with gold...
POINT #1: CHRIST WAS SHINING IN HIS CHURCH AT EPHESUS:
Jesus addresses each Assembly
2:1a To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
Powerful Founding: They were heirs to the greatest days of Paul's earthly ministry, and the longest. Acts 19:11 describes extraordinary miraculous events. Verse 19 reports amazing conversions and life transformations.
Godly Nurturing: Paul sent Timothy who stayed until church history records a mob killed him for his strong preaching against sin. John the Apostle lived there until his exile in Patmos. And then returned from Patmos to continue in ministry there.
Tremendous History: Mary the mother of our Lord lived and died there and John the apostle gives this city an honor no other knew--Ephesians was the only church that had 2 apostles write them inspired letters. A generation from its founding, Ephesians was mature. Two generations from Pentecost, the church at Ephesus had some of the richest history.
POINT #2: EPHESUS WAS AN ASSEMBLY THAT PLEASED GOD
Jesus addresses each with Authority
2:1b "These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
The City was famous for its beauty:
The Seventh Wonder of the World was at Ephesus: The Temple. The temple of Artemis itself had been rebuilt after a great fire in 356 BC, and ranked as one of the seven wonders of the world until its destruction by the Goths in ad ...
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