Ephesians 4:4-6, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
The number one. It has so many inferences to it. When people compete, they want to be number one. When children start to learn to count, they start with the number one. One, though all by itself, is a powerful number. It stands by itself. It stands alone. It is the number one.
There is one body. All of God’s people are part of the body of Christ. See, the problem is that people have divided themselves by denominations. This is difficult because there are really only two denominations: those who follow God and those that do not. So regardless of what affiliation you claim, there is only those that love Jesus with all their hearts and have Him as their Lord and Savior and those that do not. Saved or unsaved. The saved are of one body.
There is one Spirit. That would be the Holy Spirit. When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides in each and every believer that calls Jesus their Lord and Savior. It is the same Spirit in all of us. It is this Spirit that keeps us close to God. The Holy Spirit is God, after all. There is one Spirit and He is one part of God.
Called in one hope. We are all sinful and in our sin, we are lost. Only with Jesus do we have hope of escaping the clutches of sin. It is all the same hope that all of humankind cling to. You see, there is no other means to avoid the power of sin apart from Jesus. Jesus came to Earth once, He lived on Earth once, He died on the cross once, and He ascended to Heaven once. All our hope is found in Jesus alone.
There is one Lord. This world has seen its share of leaders. People who have lorded over nations and tried to take over the world. They were successful for a time but could never sustain this. They died and new leaders came to be. Yet, there has been one leader and ruler that has never given up that power. That is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He is the Lord over every lord that ever existed, is existing, and will exist. No other can compare to Jesus and no other can challenge Jesus and win. He is the One True Lord.
There is one faith. For the plan of salvation to work, there needs to be faith. One faith. The faith that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did. There are some that doubt that Jesus saved us. Doubt that God exists. Doubt that there is a point to this life. This is a form of faith, though, too. Faith in that there is nothing after this life. There are those that believe there is more than this life. That Jesus is God and He saved us from this life and we will enjoy a next life in Heaven above. That is faith in God.
There is one baptism. This baptism is the one that is done when the individual is saved. It is a spiritual baptism. A cleansing of the old self and a putting on of the new self. It is like taking off old clothes, taking a shower, and putting on new clothes. It is a fresh new perspective. It is us becoming brand new, as if we had never sinned. There is another baptism. This is a water baptism. This baptism is the outward declaration of one’s faith. The two baptisms are not separate but act as one.
There is one God and Father of all. There have been several gods created but they all have one thing in common: they are corruptible. Only God the Father is incorruptible. He is perfect and has been around since before the beginning of time. He created everything and nothing that has been made has been made by anyone else. Everything created by man was first created by God. He is our Heavenly Father. We have only one spiritual Father, just as we only have one biological father.
Above all, through all, and in you all. God is everywhere. He is above all. He is through all. He is in all of us. There is no place on Earth that God is not there. We cannot hid from God. God the Father is in Heaven with His Son as well. They are waiting for the proper time to bring all those that believe home. We should be so thankful that we have a God who is so large that He is everywhere. He cares for us and we can call on Him whenever we need to. He never sleeps. He is the One.
Thank You that You are the One. We can have faith in You because You have never let us down. You are our God. You are our Father. You love us with such a perfect love, that You sent Jesus, Your Son, to die on the cross. He died so that we may live. We do not have to hope in vain because all You say is true. Your Holy Word, the Bible, is true. The Holy Spirit is also true and will never let us down. We owe everything that we are to You.
In Your name we pray,