(seventh article of our series on the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Revelation 1-3)
“To the angel of the church at Ephesus, write: These things says he who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks: ‘I know your works….'” (Revelation 2:1ff.)
The first of the seven churches of Asia Minor is Ephesus. Its letter is found in Revelation 2:1-7.
Blessed are you among churches, Ephesus.
You were begun, it would appear, by the highly esteemed husband-wife team of Aquila and Priscilla. On his way home from the Second Missionary Journey, the Apostle Paul left Aquila and Priscilla at Ephesus but did not stay himself.
Ephesus had the ministry of the gifted Apollos, who would have been a media darling in our modern age from all evidence. (Move over, Joel Osteen!)
Paul spent three years ministering in Ephesus. (Acts 19 mentioned 2 years and 3 months, but in Acts 20, Paul tells the Ephesian leaders he spent three years there.) This was the longest time he gave to any one congregation.
Then, Ephesus was pastored by Timothy and later by the Apostle John. They had had the best.