Revelation 2:2

ESV “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.
NIV I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
NASB ‘I know your deeds and your labor and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people, and you have put those who call themselves apostles to the test, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
CSB I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.
NLT 'I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars.
KJV I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

What does Revelation 2:2 mean?

Jesus commends the church at Ephesus for its diligent work and patience in suffering. The Ephesian church existed in the midst of a mixture of Greek and Oriental cultures. This included a variety of false religions. The worship of the fertility goddess Diana was rampant in Ephesus, and the temple in which her worshipers adored her was one of the seven wonders of the world. Superstition and magical arts flourished throughout the region. It is not surprising, therefore, that the church at Ephesus experienced persecution.

Nevertheless, the Ephesian Christians held their ground. They did not compromise the truth in order to be acceptable to the general population. Nor did they tolerate evildoers: their love of truth caused them to test those who professed to be apostles, and to conclude that the self-proclaimed apostles were false. Interestingly, false teachers were threatening not only the church at Ephesus but also the church in Smyrna, the church in Pergamum, and the church in Thyatira (Revelation 2:2, 6, 9, 14–15, 20).

While this commitment to truth is certainly commendable, the Ephesians were not applying it in an entirely positive way, as later verses will point out.
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