In Revelation 2:6 Jesus told the church of Ephesus that one of their admirable characteristics was that they hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which Jesus also hated, but who were the Nicolaitans and what sort of works did they do that were so evil? Read the rest of this entry »
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Ephesus was made the capital of the Province of Asia in 27 BC by Caesar Augustus, and it was the home of the Temple of Artemis (Diana), which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Its Temple was 450 feet long by 225 feet wide. It was 60 feet high and had at least 127 columns, four times larger than the Parthenon at Athens. The city was situated on the Cayster river, which emptied into the Aegean Sea, and trade from the Cayster Valley, whether by road or by river, went through Ephesus. In fact, according to William Barclay, all Roman trade coming from the Cayster and the Maeander Valleys of Asia, and from Galatia and even as far off as Mesopotamia, went through Ephesus. For all intents and purposes the city was the highway to Rome from both Asia Minor and Mesopotamia. Four important Roman roads that went through Asia converged in Ephesus, prompting Strabo, an ancient geographer and contemporary of Jesus, to call Ephesus ‘the market of Asia.’ Read the rest of this entry »
Paul had agreed to seek to rectify the slanderous report made against him that he was a renegade Jew, i.e. that he was teaching Jews of the Diaspora to forsake the Law of Moses by not walking according to the manner of the Torah and by ceasing to circumcise their children (Acts 21:21-24). When his seven-day service was nearly complete, Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the Temple and stirred up the people against him and seized him with the intent to kill him (Acts 21:27-28, 31). Read the rest of this entry »
In what remains of what we know as Acts 20, Luke treats us with Paul’s final speech as a free man. Furthermore, it is his only speech in Acts that is given before only a believing audience. So, we can expect his words here to be of greater depth than what he is shown to have said before at the Athenian Areopagus in Acts 17, for example or even before the Jews of Pisidian Antioch in Acts 13. Here at Miletus, a prosperous coastal city on the eastern Aegean Sea, Paul summoned the elders of the Ephesian church (Acts 20:17), for he sailed past the port at Ephesus not wanting to delay his course to Jerusalem longer than was necessary (Acts 20:16). Read the rest of this entry »
Apollos is an interesting figure, whom we meet for the first time in the New Testament at Acts 18. Paul has left Ephesus on his way to Jerusalem, and for the first time since Acts 15 Luke introduces us to a person who is preaching about the Messiah, but it is not Paul. What should we make of this, and why does Luke introduce us to Apollos but mention him no more in his thesis? Why does Paul in his letter to the Corinthians speak of Apollos’ mighty work in Achaia, but makes no mention of his labor at Ephesus or in any other part of Asia either in that letter or in his epistles to the Ephesians or the Colossians? Read the rest of this entry »
As Paul started out to his next mission field, he began the third journey as he did the second, by passing through Galatia encouraging and strengthening the churches there (Acts 18:22-23). Meanwhile, in Ephesus Aquila and Priscilla became acquainted with Apollos from Alexandria (Acts 18:24-25). He was a spirited and eloquent man preaching out of the Scriptures according to John’s baptism. They instructed Apollos concerning Jesus, showing it was he of whom John had spoken. After his stay in Ephesus, Apollos decided to go over to Achaia and encourage the brethren there, so Aquila and Priscilla sent letters along with him to exhort the Corinthian church to receive him (Acts 18:27-28).
About the time Apollos was in Corinth, Paul was already on his way to Ephesus from Galatia and encountered some of what was probably Apollos’ disciples who were following the baptism of John (Acts 19:1-3), being ignorant of the existence of the Holy Spirit, or the indwelling of God. Paul instructed them in the way of the Lord more perfectly, and they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke with tongues (Acts 19:4-7). Read the rest of this entry »