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Was Paul really tried at Ephesus on his claim to be an apostle?
The answer is a big Yes! He was tried at Ephesus on his claim to be an apostle. Nevertheless, it was not only him that falsely claimed to be an apostle. It was he-* and his associates which we will look at latter on.
Beloved, Yahshua wrote to the church of Ephesus: Revelation 2:1-2; ‘Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things says He that holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know your works, and your labour, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not and have found them liars:’
Now beloved, let us study Paul’s letters to see whether he was really tried at Ephesus or not.
1 Corinthians 9:1-3; ‘Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are not you my work in the Lord? If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are you in the Lord. Mine answer to them that examine me is this,’
Beloved, this is evident that Paul was examined on his apostleship. But let us not conclude yet that he was examined at Ephesus. So we know that he was examined, from his own words but we do not really know where he was examined at?
Now I would like us to take a look at his letter to Timothy. But before we do that I would like us to establish first where Timothy was before Paul sent him the 1 and 2 letters of Timothy.
Was Timothy in Ephesus when apostle Paul sent him those letters (1st and 2nd letters of Timothy)? Is this crucial in our study? Yes, beloved, it’s very important.
1 Timothy 1:2-3; ‘Unto Timothy, [my] son in the faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. As I besought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia …’
This scripture is one evidence enough to prove that Paul wrote this letter to Timothy while Timothy was at Ephesus. But let us consider the second proof.
2 Timothy 4:19; ‘Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.’ Beloved, the only reason Paul asked Timothy to salute the household of Onesiphorus was because Timothy was in the place where the household of Onesiphorus was resided or located.
Come to think of it. In which city was the household of Onesiphorus?
The answer is right here: 2 Timothy 1:16-18; ‘The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out diligently, and found [me]. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, you know very well.’
This was obvious that the household of Onesiphorus was in Ephesus. And since the household of Onesiphorus was in Ephesus then Timothy was in Ephesus by then while Paul wrote to him the letter. Even as Paul explicitly stated in ‘1 Timothy 1:2-3’.
Now beloved, let us look at whether Paul was really examined on his apostleship at Ephesus as we have established the truth that Timothy was in Ephesus by then as Paul wrote the letter to him.
2 Timothy 4:14-16; ‘Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom you ware also; for he has greatly withstood our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all [men] forsook me …’
This is a second prove that Paul was examined as he stated that At my first answer no man stood with me, but all [men] forsook men.
But we still have not established where he was examined at.
Beloved, since we have already established the truth that Timothy was at Ephesus while Paul wrote to him these letters then it was obvious that this Alexander the coppersmith was also at Ephesus. This is because Paul warned Timothy to beware of this man because he withstood their words.
Alexander’s presence in Ephesus can be further proven by ‘Acts 19:33’ whose name was mentioned during the great riot in Ephesus.
Beloved, this was clear that Paul was tried at Ephesus on his claim to be an apostle.
Maybe we should also look at how he expressed these in some other letters he wrote specifically to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 16:8-9; ‘But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and [there are] many adversaries.’
1 Corinthians 15:32; ‘If after the manner of men I have fought beasts at Ephesus…’
Flee from false apostles!
ShalomEugene, a Jewish Christian.