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. – Ephesians 4:4-6.
I know that I have been spending a lot of time on this subject, but I just want to give my brothers and sisters in Christ a word of encouragement. There are a lot of different denominations it’s true, but among those that believe in the doctrine of “Christ and Him crucified” for our sakes, the differences we have in other areas truly are minor.
The Apostle Paul tells us in this verse what makes us one. One body; One Spirit; One hope of our calling; One Lord; One Faith; One Baptism; One God and Father. These are what makes us truly one.
We believe in One God, Triune, meaning with three personalities or natures. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit and each an individual role that they play as God, yet equal in all things. There cannot be GOD without either of these “personalities or natures.”
One Spirit, who actually encompasses ALL of God. God the Father is Spirit (John 4:24), the Holy Spirit of the Father resides in Christ making Him and the Father One in Spirit (John 10:30), and the Holy Spirit was sent from the Father when Christ ascended to be that part of Him that indwells those of us who are truly One in Christ and teaches us all about the Father and the Son (John 15:26).
One Hope of our calling is that hope that all of us have in Christ Jesus and His work on the Cross that “called us” to salvation and gives us assurance for our eternal future. We choose to surrender to Him, but it is He who calls and draws us.
One Faith is what all of us understand is what it takes first to receive Christ Jesus and His gift of Salvation but then to be able to please God, the Father. (Hebrews 11:6). It is the faith we need necessary to walk in the new spiritual lifestyle.
One Baptism is the acknowledgement that baptism is the covenant symbol that we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior and we have died with Him in spirit as symbolized in the immersion of water, but then the arising out of it. True Christians believe that the symbolism is an answer of a good conscience concerning Salvation in Christ to God the Father. (1 Peter 3:21).
All of these come under what Paul chooses to put at the last of his statement, One God, not various gods, or entities or supreme beings, or ascended masters, but One God and thus One Father, the Creator, above us all, through us all and in us all. God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit because it is the Spirit of God is above us always and forever, through us all as His children and co-heirs with Christ and because He is Spirit, is able to dwell in us all who have surrendered our wills to Him.
Everything that makes us ONE Body is encompassed in God and every aspect of God and Who God is. There is no division in one. You can not divide any of these things that make us one or they will not be. What makes us one in the body of Christ and thus one with each other is what Paul listed here by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that dwells within each of us and thus confirms the truth of this with Him!
Therefore we CAN love one another despite any denominational differences as long as the differences do not encompass these seven principles that the Apostle stated. Oh, did you notice I said seven principles that make us ONE? If you are a Christian, you already know that the number seven usually stands for the number of completion. A completed work. I wonder if Paul thought of that, or if that was just one of the Holy Spirit’s inspirations that He dropped into Paul’s thoughts when he wrote this?
Some of you may wonder why I get along with so many of my brothers and sisters who belong to such varied denominations and such diverse teachings on certain things. Here it is. I believe in certain things not in this list, but it is this list that causes me to call others, my brother and sisters and I take that designation very seriously for I believe it makes us an eternal family based on the bloodline of Jesus Christ and no other.
So, in conclusion, go ahead and disagree with me on some aspects of teaching, but you still have to love me (as my wife’s aunt used to always say), and I may disagree with you on certain things, but not to the point where I won’t love you for real and not to the point where I still won’t call you, brother or sister! We ARE, truly ARE ONE in Christ Jesus! Glory to God!
The time of the Lord’s returning is getting closer everyday there is no doubt. I will do all in my power to encourage my brothers and my sisters to love one another and to keep looking up! The Bridegroom IS coming!!