Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV) – “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 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 (MSG) – “You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.”
The word “one” is repeated seven times here. The one-ness, the unity of our faith, is that important, that central. And it is rooted in the one God who has moved mightily to bring us into one hope, one salvation, to Himself and His kingdom.
It is possible that these verses were a teaching that was given to new Christians as they came into the faith. Perhaps this is something that they memorized. If so, Paul was not teaching the Ephesians something brand new, but reminding them of a truth that they already received in Christ. Regardless, Paul was urging them to remember a fundamental truth that goes hand-in-hand with salvation: God has brought us to Himself – together, as one.
Let’s memorize this passage in the NIV or MSG translation, giving thanks to God for what He has done, for this one-ness, while doing so. Then let’s pray for our churches, missional groups and campus ministries according to this passage.