WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
Scripture: Revelation 2:1,2
In Revelation 2:1,2 we are told, “These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: ‘I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;…’” The church at Ephesus tested those who said they were apostles and found them liars. I wonder what the tests were that they applied. Was it a judicial test? Was it kingly? Was it a spiritual or governmental test? Could it have been based on how the individuals applied Jesus’ teaching in Mark 10:42? Were they worldly or were they Christ-like? Was it in the application of the anointing that the apostles actually proved they were servants and cut of the same cloth as Jesus? The church at Ephesus had a biblical yardstick for producing apostles and understood their ministry! Since Scripture says, “…Prove all things…” what shall we do with today’s apostles? How do we apply the Ephesian test?