You ever get a Bible passage stuck in your head and every time you turn around, you’re remembering it? There has been a passage running through my head over and over again. It’s a set of verses I’ve read numerous times and one I’ve had the pleasure of hearing put to music by one Donnie Smith, the music minister at New Heights Church in Columbia, SC. It’s a passage that represents a core truth of our faith:
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 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, NASB
The truth contained in this simple triplet of verses is staggering. Let’s start with the first truth. Paul writes that there is but one body. We are one Church. We are not supposed to be a lot of little churches here and there. We are supposed to be one big, catholic (with a small c) church. Our efforts should work together and complement one another. Our love and encouragement should support and uplift one another. We are one body. We are unified together because of what Paul will say a bit later.
There is but one Spirit of God. There isn’t a multitude of spirits, all with varying levels of power. There isn’t a pantheon of Gods we must keep track of and make sure we’re pleasing all of them. There’s but one. He is the Holy Spirit. And He is God.
There is one hope. That is salvation through the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Without Christ, we have no hope. We have no salvation. There is only eternal death. Therefore, we have been called to salvation by God Himself. And the only hope is through Him. Ponder that truth for a little while. It’ll begin to hurt your insides as you realize that the Creator of the Universe deemed to save a wretched creation that has a horrendous problem with listening to what He says. Yet He does. And that is our hope. Our one hope. Our only hope.
There is one Lord. We are to serve no other master. We are only to serve Jesus Christ. He is the head of the body. That is why we should be unified. We aren’t being led by a team of folks, each with different agendas. We are being led by the omniscient and omnipotent Son of God Himself. And it is in Him, and Him alone, that we put our faith. And as we do so, we agree to be baptized, knowing that it was commanded by our Master. It is an act of obedience, where we say, “I am with Jesus. He is my Savior. I will follow no one but Him.”
And there is the emphasis again on one God, God the Father. We may not understand the Trinity. We try to, conceptually, but really, can any of us truthfully say we understand one God who appears as three persons? It is a truth we accept from Scripture, and this is Paul’s reinforcement of it.
We only need one. We only need one God. We only need one Savior. We only serve one Master. We only put our hope and faith in the One and the Only, the God who has been revealed to us through the Bible. With that, let me close praising the one true God in what to most is the familiar doxology:
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.