January 29, 2017
Unity in Christ
Ephesians 4:4-6 (KJB) There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Unity in the church is the main thought at work these verses. God inspired Paul to record a series of “one’s” for use in developing and maintaining godly servants and a holy church.
The first “one” mentioned is one body. This principal requires members to work together. To act as one cohesive unit, rather than breaking apart and dividing into fractions and divisions.
The second “one” revealed is one spirit. This precept calls for men and women of God to serve and function by employing the empowerment of His supernatural nature as “spiritual glue. Certainly God does not intend for the dark spirit of this world to be involved in the direct operation of His church but for churches to operate cohesively in His Spirit.
The next “one” to be introduced is one hope of your calling. This is an important parameter to imparted to every New Testament quickened alive church member. The congregation is eternally bound together by placing their trust in the real possibility of fellowshipping with God forever. This is having certain confidence in reuniting with God in the eternal ream.
This next “one” recorded is One Lord. There are many authorities and powers masquerading as God but only one is Lord. He is the ultimate spiritual authority each man must look to as he sojourns in this world. It is God’s authority which establishes, rules, and reigns over every other power at work in this world.
The next “one” is one faith. One faith is speaking of one confidence, one single belief system in which to place to place your trust. The world would have you believe that there are many things or people in which to place your trust. The real truth is there is only one faith that endures, never faltering or fizzling out.
Lastly, this verse speaks of one baptism. The Bible states there is one pathway which leads to eternity with God. To be baptized with Christ is to spiritually share all of Him including His supernatural birth, physical death, resurrection, and eternal spiritual presence. To be baptized with Christ is to die to ourselves and live forever with Him. Only those who are true spiritual believers are baptized unto eternal life.