Author: Ron Abel
Lessons from the Ecclesia at Ephesus.
The real thrust of these notes is to alert Christadelphians against complacency in our preaching and ecclesial life. Ephesus, after a wonderful beginning and even a perpetuated soundness in doctrine, was found wanting of its ‘first love’ (Revelation 2:4). The fire of the meeting was gone! The burning zeal reflected in self-sacrificing and defacing labour and care was only a shadow of its former warmth.
All will appreciate the relevance of this consideration to the Brotherhood… with Christ at the door it is high time indeed that “we awoke out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13:11).
These notes provide a scriptural analysis of the history of the ecclesia at Ephesus and so contain detailed verse-by-verse comments on sections of Acts 18-20, Ephesians 6 and Revelation 2. At various points the commentary is expanded to develop the powerful lessons which Ephesus hands down to our community.