Last week, Pastor Terry continued his series through Psalm 119 and spent some time using Revelation 2:1-6 as an illustration of the need to love the Word of God. I’m not going to recap his message, but wanted to provide some insight through the eyes of Ignatius, on what happened to Ephesus after Jesus’ words of warning to them.
I finished reading Alexander Strauch’s new book, “Love or Die”, which is based on Jesus’ warning to the church at Ephesus. At the end, Strauch provides this statement on Ignatius’ testimony. Ignatius was a church father who was arrested for his faith and sent to Rome for execution sometime between A.D. 105-117. Here are his words. Enjoy!
“On the way to Rome, Ignatius’s guards stopped int he city of Smyrna. While at Smyrna, the church in Ephesus, about forty miles south, sent a delegation of brothers to encourage and strengthen Ignatius as he faced martyrdom in Rome. So uplifting was their visit that Ignatius wrote a letter thanking them for their thoughtfulness and care. In the letter he praises their love, commending them as a church ‘characterized by faith in and love of Christ Jesus our Savior.’ He rejoices that they ‘love nothing in human life, only God.’ He also comments on their church overseer, Onesimus, calling him ‘a man of inexpressible love.’ Ignatius goes on to write that in the Ephesian representatives who visited him in Smyrna he could see the love of the whole church in Ephesus.”