One Faith


Greg King


     In the letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul writes of seven "ones" (Eph. 4:4-6). These seven "ones" represent God's Divine Plan of Unity. He says that there is One Body; One Spirit; One Hope; One Lord; One Faith; One Baptism; and One God. Most will accept the fact that the ONE GOD is the Father; the ONE LORD is Jesus the Christ; the ONE SPIRIT is the Holy Spirit; and the ONE HOPE is our hope of Eternal Life through Jesus. If they can believe, accept, and understand the previous they should also believe, accept, and understand the other three "ones". The ONE FAITH, the ONE BODY, and the ONE BAPTISM!

     The scripture says there is One Faith. Not only in Ephesians 4:5 but also in Jude 3. “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.  Despite the simplicity of the text some today profess different faiths. We know they are all different because you can't become one faith by obeying the teachings of another. For example, you become a Baptist by attending a Baptist church and hearing and obeying the Baptist word (whatever they teach). You become a Catholic by attending a Catholic church and hearing and obeying the Catholic word (whatever they teach), etc. You cannot become a Baptist by attending the Catholic church! WHY NOT? Because the Catholics do not teach the same thing that the Baptists teach. Neither do the Mormons teach the same thing that the Adventists teach, etc. The Bible, however, does not teach believers to be different (2 Cor. 13:11; 1 Cor. 1:10). God wants all who believe that Jesus is the Son of God to be one (John 20:30-31; 17:20-21).

     Someone might ask, "How does one obtain the One Faith?"  Scripture says, "Faith comes by hearing...the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). Since the Bible is the only written Word of God, we must study God’s word and obey what it teaches (2 Tim. 2:15; John 6:45; Matt. 7:21). Unless you study and obey God's Word, you cannot have the one faith and be pleasing to God (Heb. 11:6).