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Ephesians 4:5

One Lord

4 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Unity is maintained within the body of Christ, because He is our one and only Lord. Unlike the polytheistic religions, which have a different god for nearly every aspect of life, we have one Lord who rules over all things.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3) Our Lord was our God from the beginning of time. He is the Creator not just of every man, but of everything that exists in heaven and earth. As such, He has the absolute sovereign right to be Lord of all things.

We have already seen that it is the purpose of God to gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and earth. (Eph 1:10) Christ is our Redeemer who has purchased us with His own blood so that this would be possible. Because He has made that sacrifice, He has said that He is the only way for us to have a restored relationship with the Father. Therefore, we must all come to Him or be eternally separated from God. There is no other way. We follow one Lord.

This is not the way most men would have it. "Divide and conquer!" The personal ambitions and the personal preferences of others have always tended to pull the church apart. Consider Paul's appeal to the church at Corinth. "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?" (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

We are called to be "perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." This means that we should have the same thoughts and resolve that Jesus had. (Philippians 2:5) If that were the case, we would all speak the same things and we would act in a unified, cooperative manner to accomplish the propagation of the gospel.

Today, the church is divided into many denominations. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because the body of Christ can have many members joined together for a common purpose. Denominations give their members a clear statement of beliefs and an assurance that the leaders will be held accountable to those beliefs. While those beliefs might differ on things that are not essential to the faith, the denominations of the Christian church are united behind the same gospel, leading people into the service of one Lord, Jesus Christ.

Of course, there is always that human element to contend with and, if we are not careful, the denominations can easily be led into a campaign of competitiveness. However, this is less likely to happen than would be the case if there were no denominations and every church were to go its own way.

Ultimately, God is sovereign over His church and will maintain its unity under one Lord. God is the one who has united us under the banner of Christ, He has chosen us, and He will continue adding to our number as it pleases Him. We are and always will be one body under one Lord. The church at Ephesus was the same church as the one at Corinth. Christian churches all over the world are united, because we serve only one Lord.

Before The Throne:

There are many spiritually wicked forces that are trying constantly to divide the body of Christ so that we worship different Lord's. The Christ of the Mormon church, for example, is not the same Christ that evangelical Christians worship. Ask God to protect the church against such heresies and divisions. Pray that He will help our people maintain a clear understanding of Christ and His mission. Ask God to let the world see us united under Christ who is the one Lord, the one Redeemer, the one King, and the one and only Savior.

For Further Study:

** One Lord: Act 2:36; 10:36; Rom 14:8-9; 1Co 1:2, 13; 8:6; 12:5; Phi 2:11; 3:8; ** one faith: Rom 3:30; 2Co 11:4; Gal 1:6-7; 5:6; Tit 1:1, 4; Heb 13:7; Jam 2:18; 2Pe 1:1; Jud 1:3, 20; ** one baptism: Mat 28:19; Rom 6:3-4; 1Co 12:13; Gal 3:26-28; Heb 6:6; 1Pe 3:21;


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