One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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

Good evening. My name is Rob Martorana and today is February 5. Today I pray for the unity of our Christian faith.

The Book of Ephesians

This letter from Paul is addressed to Ephesus, but it has a message for churches in every place and time. Chapter four begins with a description of unity.

One Faith

Paul speaks of the church as a body of believers with one spirit (verse 4). We are saved by grace, and we all share:

One Lord, one faith, and one baptism

Ephesians 4:5

  • One Lord: Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 8:6)
  • One faith: Jesus saved us by grace (Ephesians 2:8)
  • One baptism: We are “baptized into Christ” and into His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4).

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism:” It is a simple verse, but Ephesians 4:5 captures the full sense of Christian unity.

Our Faith

As Christians we all have different backgrounds, but we share the same faith. When we were saved, we were saved by the same Jesus. And when we were filled with the Spirit, it was the same Holy Spirit.

Our unity of faith is also reflected in what we do: When we pray, we pray in the name of Jesus. And when we seek God’s word, we read the Bible.

When challenges come our way (and they will), let us always remember our unity in Christ.

Lord, I pray to you in the name of Jesus Christ.

I am thankful that we share one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. You have planted the same seed of faith in all Christians, and I pray that you help it grow, blossom, and bear fruit.  

I pray this in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

This was originally published on February 3, 2016 on Daily Devotions for Janet.

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