“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:1-6.
I have had many conversations with people regarding Ephesians 4:5, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,”. Some use that Scripture to discount the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, while others claim it is evidence that water baptism is a requirement of Salvation. Sadly, there seem to be few who truly understand the meaning. There is of course One Lord and that is Jesus Christ. There is one faith, faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on Calvary’s Cross. Jesus paid the wage of sin for all but not all will accept His free gift. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
Jesus also broke the power of sin over every Believer’s life. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14. Many who have fallen under false doctrine continue to try and break these curses after their Salvation, when in reality repentance is necessary. The religious spend more time rebuking demons than they do seeking God. It is easier to blame the demon for their sin nature having dominion over them than it is to admit their failure. They lie to themselves and declare and proclaim their dominion over those demons. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23. These are those who use the name of Jesus but don’t know Jesus. They use the His Name as a means to an end and do not have or seek a relationship with our Lord and Saviour. The name of Jesus is used as an incantation and not with His Authority.
Then there are many who do not have “one faith” but two faiths. Their faith is in Jesus for Salvation but in their spiritual warfare (their works) for their victory. They are fighting battles Jesus has already won but won’t look to Him for their victory. Faith in anything other than the Cross of Jesus for Salvation and sanctification destroys the Believer’s peace and engages their sin nature…usually in the form of self righteousness.
“One baptism”, what then was the Apostle Paul speaking when he said there is but one baptism? “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection:” Romans 6:3-5. Our baptism into Jesus is the one, the only baptism necessary for our Salvation. Believing in Jesus, Who He is (the Son of God) and what He did on Calvary’s Cross (pay our sin debt and give us dominion over sin) is the only requirement for our Salvation. We are baptized into Him, we are buried with Jesus in the likeness of His death and are raised up (here is where so many fail) BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER. We, our flesh starts helping. Religion starts showing us how to help. The harlot seduces us to another. We simply cannot wait to be raised up “by the glory of the Father”, through our faith solely and exclusively in Jesus, so we add a little leaven to the lump – we try to do “our part”.
Our faith is in Jesus for Salvation and we are baptized into Jesus. However, our faith is in that leaven (our part) for dominion over our sin nature. We are never “raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father” because we do not have “one faith” as the Scripture teaches. Our spiritual growth is stunted, we are not raised up by God but by man who attempts to use psychology to convince us this is the “resurrected life”…not so my friend, not so. “Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12.
The glory of the Father will glorify Jesus…not a person or a religious organization. God’s glory will glorify Jesus in one’s own heart and change their heart. He will become real to them as He begins to reveal Himself. Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith, we don’t have to try and conjure it up. We don’t have to fake it to make it. Jesus is no respecter of persons. He will do for one what He has done for others but we must look to Him and not the harlot for our victory.
Too many put on a façade of “love” to show the lost their “Jesus inside”. They believe doing so will change the hearts of man. It may make the lost like them, but if they don’t know the Jesus of the Bible Who died for their sins, instead of the “Jesus in you” and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour, they are still going to bust the gates of hell wide open.
The social gospel teaches an evolutionary Salvation. It lifts up the religious organization in hopes to draw the lost to the church to hear the Gospel. Instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified being proclaimed, we are told to recite a prayer and we are saved then directed to the various self help classes we use to call Sunday school where we studied the Word of God to learn about Jesus, not Purpose Driven Life, Shemitahs, Harbingers and Grace Revolutions. The lost believe that because they recited the sinner’s prayer that they are saved, while in reality their Salvation never made it to their heart because they did not believe in their heart the words they just spoke. They honor Jesus with their lips but their hearts are far from Him. “This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9.
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” Ephesians 4:5…just one. There is only one plan for Salvation and sanctification that is God’s plan…Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a completely different occasion, just as water baptism. “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:” Luke 3:16.
There is just One, learn Who He is and what He has done – Jesus Christ.
-Donna Clark Warren