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Searching Scriptures

I know your works and your labor and your patience, and how you cannot bear those who are evil. And you tried those pretending to be apostles, and are not, and have found them liars. (Revelation 2:2 MKJV)

Ephesus was not a Christian city.  The people worshiped many different pagan gods.  They also worshiped the emperors of Rome.  The temple to Artemins (Diana of the Ephesians) was a haven for criminals.  If you committed a crime you could go to the temple for protection.  Ephesus was full of criminals.  Ephesus needed to know Jesus.

Jesus knew the church of Ephesus was a hard-working church spreading the gospel to their neighbors.  They were also like the Bereans testing new teaching against what the scriptures said.  They only accepted what was according to God’s word.  We too need to be like the Ephesians in spreading the gospel to a world that doesn’t know Jesus.  We also need to test what others say against what the Bible says.

–Diane

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Written by Diane Levy

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