Revelation 2:2 – God appointed apostles as the primary leaders in the Church body

Revelation 2:2 – I know your works, your labor, your patience…

Paul wrote to the Ephesians about their works and labor:

Ephesians 2:8-10 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 4:28 – Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

Those saved by the grace of God, are to labor and do good works as a testimony of their faith:

James 2:18 – But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

As shown in Ephesians 2:9 above, while salvation is all about grace, you can do nothing of yourself to “be counted worthy of the kingdom of God.” That being said, God gives evidence to the world that you belong in the Kingdom, by enduring trial and tribulation, which cultivate patience, or perseverance, and character:

Romans 5:3-4 – And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

2 Thessalonians 1:4-5 – …we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.

Notice Jesus always starts off by telling something good. Here He commends them for their hard work, and patience. To be patient is certainly a virtue, and one that most of us do not possess. This leader of this church and the people, seem to be working for the Lord.

“Them which say they are apostles”: The Ephesian church exercised spiritual discernment. It knew how to evaluate men who claimed spiritual leadership by their doctrine and behavior (compare 1 Thess. 5:20-21).

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Revelation 2:2 – …and that you cannot bear those who are evil.

In the church of Corinth there was at least one member of the congregation that openly committed evil acts. Paul commanded the church to cut off fellowship with this “evil person”:

1 Corinthians 5:11-13 – But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

Similarly, Paul admonished the church of Ephesus to avoid fellowship with those who show the “works of darkness” and “expose them”:

Ephesians 5:8-11 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

In other words, the church was not to put up with open sin within the congregation. We will see in the next section what “evil” the Ephesians did not allow into their congregation.

 

Revelation 2:2 – And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars…

The Greek word “apostolos” translated “apostles,” means “one who is commissioned.” The use of the word “apostle” in this context extends beyond the scope of the original twelve chosen by Jesus (Luke 6:13). While many argue that either Matthias (Acts 1:26) or Paul (1 Corinthians 15:4-9Galatians 1:1) replaced Judas in the core group of apostles, we see that Barnabas was also called an apostle (Acts 14:14), as the church in Jerusalem commissioned him to minister in Antioch.

God appointed apostles as the primary leaders in the Church body:

1 Corinthians 12:28 – And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

Paul defines false apostles as “deceitful workers” who are after personal gain:

2 Corinthians 11:4-5, 12-15 – For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted – you may well put up with it! For consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles…. But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Paul prophetically warned the early congregation at Ephesus that these men of deceit would come:

Acts 20:29-30 – For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

Paul taught the Ephesians that God commissions leaders, including the apostles, to teach sound doctrine. These leaders were to teach believers to resist the doctrines of deceitful men:

Ephesians 4:11-16 – And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ-from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Due to deception, believers are to test all things:

Notice Jesus always starts off by telling something good. Here He commends them for their hard work, and patience. To be patient is certainly a virtue, and one that most of us do not possess. This leader of this church and the people, seem to be working for the Lord.

“Them which say they are apostles”: The Ephesian church exercised spiritual discernment. It knew how to evaluate men who claimed spiritual leadership by their doctrine and behavior (compare 1 Thess. 5:20-21).

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 – Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

John’s first epistle is all about false teachers and leaders. The following passages may shed light on what these false apostles in Ephesus were lying about:

1 John 2:4 – He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 2:22 – Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:20 – If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

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