There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
(Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV)
In yesterday’s passage Paul had called all believers to live in such a way so as to maintain the unity that God had created. Unity amongst believers is a prevalent theme in all that God teaches us in the Bible. This is because unity is an important concept of who God Himself is.
This list of seven “ones” that unify God’s children comprise each member of the Trinity. There is one (Holy) Spirit, one Lord (Jesus), and one God and Father.
Notice that God the Father is “over” all His children in the sense of being sovereign. He is also “through” all – He works through His children – and “in” all – He places Himself in every believer in the form of the Holy Spirit. Here is another verse that equates God with both Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
There is one of each member of the Trinity. All three comprise a single God who manifests Himself in three persons – God the Father, the Son (whose earthly name is Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. They are different, but united. Just as our human bodies consist of different parts that work together, so do the members of the Trinity. They each have their own function but they work in harmony.
Its important to recognize that in this passage God is calling His children to internal unity as opposed to those who don’t believe in Him and the truth He lays out in the Bible. Those who alter God’s truth by, for example, claiming that salvation is not by Jesus’ blood alone as the Catholic church claims, or by claiming that homosexuality is not a sin, cannot live in unity with God’s children because they don’t know God.
While we should be civil and respectful of those with other viewpoints, we should not consider ourselves to be united with such people. Unity is only found in Christ [Philippians 4:2].
There is only one God and only one truth. That truth is clearly spelled out in the Bible. God’s children should, therefore, study the Bible so that we know that truth. Sadly, though, most people, including Christians, know more about celebrities or even fictional TV characters than they know about God.
Knowing the Bible, however, is infinitely more beneficial. When we do, then when we find ourselves dissenting from each other – which will, understandably, happen – we can return to these truths and keep ourselves from becoming estranged.
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