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Remember . . Thou Art Fallen

Remember . . Thou Art Fallen

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Rev. ii. 5

IT is a church that is addressed, note well. Not
"ye" the church, but "thou." For there is no
unity like church unity, and no fall like a church
fall. And what a fall for Ephesus !
Rev. ii. 5

IT is a church that is addressed, note well. Not
"ye" the church, but "thou." For there is no
unity like church unity, and no fall like a church
fall. And what a fall for Ephesus !

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REMEMBER . . THOU ART FALLENBY DAN CRAWFORD, F.R.G.S.Christ sometimes used the faithful formula:"Verily, I say unto you." Sometimes Hedoubled the definiteness by saying, " Verily,VERILY, 1 say unto you." Even so He sentonly one Epistle to the Romans but two Epistles(two " Verily s!") went to the Ephesians.* # *We speak about the First and Second Epistlesto the Thessalonians and the First and SecondEpistles to the Corinthians. But how little wehear of the First and Second Epistles to THEEPHESIANS ?* # *The first Epistle to the Ephesians says theywere seated in the heavenlies. The secondEpistle to the Ephesians says they are fallenfrom those heights."REMEMBER . . . THOU ART FALLEN "Rev. ii. 5IT is a church that is addressed, note well. Not"ye" the church, but "thou." For there is nounity like church unity, and no fall like a churchfall. And what a fall for Ephesus !iMore than twenty years previously Paul s letterto them had come to their doors ; and four yearsbefore that the elders of Ephesus had all wepthim off at Miletum, falling on his neck and ardently kissing him. And well indeed they mightweep, for this was the man who had given his daysand nights and his tears to Ephesus. "I ceasednot by the space of three years to warn everyonenight and day with tears."In that Roman emporium of Asia, with itstheatre and temple, pro-consul and town-clerk,Paul had cast the Lord s net and drawn "of every4344 APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITY
 
kind," doubtless from both temple and theatre.For three glad years had this gone on, the burning message flowing from him and the tearsstreaming down. He kept no tears for his ownmisfortunes, for he had no ills in life. His tearswere for their woes. And tears begat tears, forlo ! they weep as they see him off, adding kiss tokiss.Yet here was no merely soft-hearted preacherleaving them. Paul s eye was a falcon, jealouseye for their souls needs. There is no pastor likean evangelist, and no teacher like him who isboth. And here Paul, like his Lord, realises howsolemn a thing a "good-bye" can be. Not themere receding of bodies, one from the other, inthe increasing haze. But the solemnity is in thefarewell words the good-bye gift of the treasureof our God in hallowed, tender farewell. The nexttime these are all going to meet oh, how solemnthe thought for all! is at the judgment-seat of Christ. Therefore came the word, so neededthen, and still more needed now, "Take heed toyourselves.Paul joyed that they, as "light in the Lord,"would be for God by night and day when he wasfar away. But just here Paul the evangelist is"THOU ART FALLEN" 45lost in Paul the pastor. Nay, not of the needs of Ephesus is he thinking now, but of theirs. Theseex-votaries of Diana, will their zeal outstrip theirlove? Good preachers, will they be good lovers!Time will reveal this; but at least they hang onhis words, and particularly on these concerningthe advent of apostatisers. Let them come, saidthey of Ephesus ; they will find us clinging to thetruth of God. Indeed, who so leal as they, whenothers were drifting away? And now tragedy !The first of the seven Epistles, in Rev. ii., showsthem to us nearly thirty years after, with asolemn look of stern zeal on their faces. Theywho had borne and laboured so patiently forChrist s sake, they could not bear them that wereevil. Forewarned by Paul, they are forearmed,and Paul, who had left his mark in every Ephesianhome ("from house to house") could not be supplanted.But God will have the best; and Love enthroned in the glory must beget love, or it willhave loved in vain. Alas! the burden and heat
 
of the day has dried the fountain of their tears ;they are like "a bottle in the smoke ": no tears inthem now, though the smoke brings tears to theLord s eyes as He beholds them dry and sere.46 APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITYiiThey are "fallen" in Love s eyes; yes, they,the orthodox, who held fast the form of soundwords, and sent back a counterblast to every blastfrom the Temple of Diana and the theatre theyare fallen from the heights of Love! Love is jealous, and sorrows that they know not her powerin the highest. Love looks on it all with a sadheart all their clear-cut routine and visions of statistics !Zeal s eyes kindle as she counts her heads andlooks up expectantly for Love s "Well done!"But nay: Love has only the old-time answer forZeal. "Even the devils," said Zeal once exult-ingly, "are subject to us." "Nay," said Love,"therein rejoice not, but rather rejoice becauseyour names are written in Heaven.""And now, brethren," said Paul, "I commendyou to God and to the word of His grace, that isable to build you up, and give you an inheritanceamong all them that are sanctified." Thus wasthe apostle s good-bye then, and thus also theteaching of his Epistle four years after. If theyfall, what a fall, for in that Epistle are "heights"indeed ! They are in Christ J and where is He f "THOU ART FALLEN" 47"Far above all heavens!" said Paul in his goodbye. The word of God "is able ... to give youan inheritance among all them that are sanctified." Here we behold them as those who areraised with Christ in the heavenlies, in whomthey have obtained an inheritance. Here too theyare sanctified. Here there is not a maybe aboutbeing "built up," for they "are built upon theFoundation.Ah! Love is writing all this about the heightsof their calling, for Love trembles at the possibledepths of their fall. Love writes: "Eemember. . . that ... ye were without Christ . . . butnow are made nigh by the blood of Christ. " It isthe sad-eyed Love that pens the words, "Eemem

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