Essay Commentary On The Church Of Ephesus
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it many benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Historical
The believers in the church of Ephesus were struggling with lying, anger, stealing, unwholesome speech, hard feelings and bitterness. These are things that all Christians have had to deal with but people today tend to over glamorize the early church. In Jewish tradition they would encourage community members not to let anger continue day after day (Arnold, 306). The city of Ephesus during this time definitely had a disease of sensual unrighteousness and it corrupted the people (Preacher’s Outline, 117).
Key Words and Grammar
The first key word I would like to touch on is “mouths”. We all know that mouths in the Bible are depicted as one of our most powerful weapons. It kills and destroys and also brings life. The word mouth is described as the edge of a sword which in the Greek is pronounced as stoma. Paul wanted to make sure that it was one of the first things he covered when he was addressing the problems in the church of Ephesus during this day. He makes it clear that we only should be letting wholesome speech come out of our mouths. Speech that builds up our brothers and sisters in Christ, and does not tear them down even when they are not around to hear it. The next word to pay…