The letter to the church at Ephesus is compare with the book of Ephesians, the letter of Paul the apostle, address some issues which covers a range of subjects that Christians will encounter, during their pilgrimage on earth, some of these battles will be confrontational, and others will involve spirits and church fellowship. Ephesians gives us an insight on intercessory prayer, and teaches the use of utilizing our ministerial gifts of salvation, for instruction in spiritual warfare; we are left in no doubt which avenue to venture.
From the book of Ephesians we learn about the powers of darkness that we are wrestling against, and it teaches us that we must trust in God for victory, with our heart spirit and mind, knowing and understanding the work of the Holy Spirit will give us victory in our lives. In Ephesians there is a leading protagonist, the Devil is identified as the arch enemy showing up as the antagonist, a character so embroiled in the scriptures, that there is no room left to doubt of what his intention are.
He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; to him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Revelation. 2:1-7)
After the initial address, the letter begins boldly with the statement that the Author has a plan and full knowledge of the character names and Church policies, He knows everything there is to know about each individual church and such treat them on their own merit, beginning with Ephesus the Church had been one of labour and fruitful achievement, enduring trials and energetic achievements, distinguished by the character of those who came to it with the appearance of the apostles, this church was visited by many travelers situated on the great highway of the world.
Gross darkness will cover the people of the world, like eyes filled with heavy sleep, unable to hear the voice of God as in the days of Noah’s flood, but the church shall arise and shine, for the light will come, and the glory of the Lord will be seen. The letters are confined to opening addresses to individual churches.
Ephesus was the practical centre and leading city of Asia at that time of the writing, although not the official capital of the Province, Saudis was the ancient capital of Lydia, and the historical centre of the Asian cities. John the evangelist is among the brethren who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
After the early church had lost its first love, depicted by Ephesus who had slipped away into dereliction of duties, and fallen into demised by letting apostasy set in, believers started turning toward paganism culture in a working union with the state. The Bible was then comprehensively removed from being access by the common people, the long term consequence of this was, for well over a thousand years, the gospel was wrench away from the freedom of distribution and kept dormant.
The apostle Paul had written a significant message of encouragement to the believers, that they are not to be soon shaken, in mind or in their spirit, as the coming of the Lord would not come unless there was first a falling away of believers, in believing foundation principles of the kingdom. This deterioration of the early church had begun to erode away at the concept of dedication.
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
When gross darkness has multiplied upon the face of the earth during the latter times, the Holy Spirit will cease pleading with the hearts of the unrepentant, the church will awake out of sleep, and light will remove darkness when the glorious kingdom age is ushered in.