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Ephesians 4:4-6

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Lord,

 

May what You desire, be accomplished today in the reading of Your Word.

 

 

4. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

 

Calvin writes, "There is one body. He proceeds to show more fully in how complete a manner Christians ought to be united. The union ought to be such that we shall form one body and one soul. These words denote the whole man. We ought to be united, not in part only, but in body and soul. He supports this by a powerful argument, as ye have been called in one hope of your calling. We are called to one inheritance and one life; and hence it follows, that we cannot obtain eternal life without living in mutual harmony in this world. One Divine invitation being addressed to all, they ought to be united in the same profession of faith, and to render every kind of assistance to each other. Oh, were this thought deeply impressed upon our minds, that we are subject to a law which no more permits the children of God to differ among themselves than the kingdom of heaven to be divided, how earnestly should we cultivate brotherly kindness! How should we dread every kind of animosity, if we duly reflected that all who separate us from brethren, estrange us from the kingdom of God! And yet, strangely enough, while we forget the duties which brethren owe to each other, we go on boasting that we are the sons of God. Let us learn from Paul, that none are at all fit for that inheritance who are not one body and one spirit."

 

The enemy seeks to divide and isolate this 'body of Christ'. Once again, it really is skerry to watch this, that Paul warns us about, in fellow Christian believers today. Have we forgotten how humbly and meekly Christ went to the Cross? Oh geez, forgive me Lord, for those times I too, forget.

 

Henry comments, "Consider how many unities there are that are the joy and glory of our Christian profession. There should be one heart; for there is one body, and one spirit, v. 4. Two hearts in one body would be monstrous. If there be but one body, all that belong to that body should have one heart. The Catholic church is one mystical body of Christ, and all good Christians make up but one body, incorporated by one charter, that of the gospel, animated by one Spirit, the same Holy Spirit who by his gifts and graces quickens, enlivens, and governs that body. If we belong to Christ, we are all actuated by one and the same Spirit, and therefore should be one. Even as you are called in one hope of your calling. Hope is here put for its object, the thing hoped for, the heavenly inheritance, to the hope of which we are called. All Christians are called to the same hope of eternal life. There is one Christ that they all hope in, and one heaven that they are all hoping for; and therefore they should be of one heart."

 

I dunno about you, but I'm just 'seeing' where simple truths like this, is something that I, and so many around me, are far, far away from. Sometimes we 'think' we are 'getting it' but when I read His Word about things like this, I realize how far away we really are from truly 'getting it'.

 

Clarke simply states, "There is one body] Viz. of Christ, which is his Church.

 

One Spirit] The Holy Ghost, who animates this body.

 

One hope] Of everlasting glory, to which glory ye have been called by the preaching of the Gospel; through which ye have become the body of Christ, instinct with the energy of the Holy Ghost."

 

5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

 

Calvin shares, "One Lord. In the first Epistle to the Corinthians, he employs the word Lord, to denote simply the government of God.

 

“There are differences of administration, but the same Lord.”

(1 Corinthians 12:5)

 

In the present instance, as he shortly afterwards makes express mention of the Father, he gives this appellation strictly to Christ, who has been appointed by the Father to be our Lord, and to whose government we cannot be subject, unless we are of one mind. The frequent repetition of the word one is emphatic. Christ cannot be divided. Faith cannot be rent. There are not various baptisms, but one which is common to all. God cannot cease to be one, and unchangeable. It cannot but be our duty to cherish holy unity, which is bound by so many ties. Faith, and baptism, and God the Father, and Christ, ought to unite us, so as almost to become one man. All these arguments for unity deserve to be pondered, but cannot be fully explained. I reckon it enough to take a rapid glance at the apostle’s meaning, leaving the full illustration of it to the preachers of the gospel. The unity of faith, which is here mentioned, depends on the one, eternal truth of God, on which it is founded.

 

One baptism, This does not mean that Christian baptism is not to be administered more than once, but that one baptism is common to all; so that, by means of it, we begin to form one body and one soul. But if that argument has any force, a much stronger one will be founded on the truth, that the Father, and Son, and Spirit, are one God; for it is one baptism, which is celebrated in the name of the Three Persons. What reply will the Arians or Sabellians make to this argument? Baptism possesses such force as to make us one; and in baptism, the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Spirit, is invoked. Will they deny that one Godhead is the foundation of this holy and mysterious unity? We are compelled to acknowledge, that the ordinance of baptism proves the existence of Three Persons in one Divine essence."

 

Henry writes, "One Lord (v. 5), that is, Christ, the head of the church, to whom, by God's appointment, all Christians are immediately subject. One faith, that is, the gospel, containing the doctrine of the Christian faith: or, it is the same grace of faith (faith in Christ) whereby all Christians are saved. One baptism, by which we profess our faith, being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and so the same sacramental covenant, whereby we engage ourselves to the Lord Christ."

 

Clarke's comments reveal, "One Lord] Jesus Christ, who is the governor of this Church.

 

One faith] One system of religion, proposing the same objects to the faith of all.

 

One baptism] Administered in the name of the holy Trinity; indicative of the influences, privileges, and effects of the Christian religion."

 

6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

Calvin writes, "One God and Father of all. This is the main argument, from which all the rest flow. How comes it that we are united by faith, by baptism, or even by the government of Christ, but because God the Father, extending to each of us his gracious presence, employs these means for gathering us to himself? The two phrases, ἐπὶ πάντων καὶ διὰ πάντων, may either mean, above all and through all Things, or above all and through all Men. Either meaning will apply sufficiently well, or rather, in both cases, the meaning will be the same. Although God by his power upholds, and maintains, and rules, all things, yet Paul is not now speaking of the universal, but of the spiritual government which belongs to the church. By the Spirit of sanctification, God spreads himself through all the members of the church, embraces all in his government, and dwells in all; but God is not inconsistent with himself, and therefore we cannot but be united to him into one body.

 

This spiritual unity is mentioned by our Lord.

 

“Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast, given me, that they may be one as we are.”

(John 17:11)

 

This is true indeed, in a general sense, not only of all men but of all creatures. “In him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28.) And again, “Do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord?” (Jeremiah 23:24.) But we must attend to the connection in which this passage stands. Paul is now illustrating the mutual relation of believers, which has nothing in common either with wicked men or with inferior animals. To this relation we must limit what is said about God’s government and presence. It is for this reason, also, that the apostle uses the word Father, which applies only to the members of Christ."

 

Henry states, "One God and Father of all, v. 6. One God, who owns all the true members of the church for his children; for he is the Father of all such by special relation, as he is the Father of all men by creation: and he is above all, by his essence, and with respect to the glorious perfections of his nature, and as he has dominion over all creatures and especially over his church, and through all, by his providence upholding and governing them: and in you all, in all believers, in whom he dwells as in his holy temple, by his Spirit and special grace. If then there be so many ones, it is a pity but there should be one more—one heart, or one soul."

 

And finally, Clarke shares, "One God] The fountain of all being, self-existent and eternal; and Father of all, both Jews and Gentiles, because he is the Father of the spirits of all flesh.

 

Who is above all] Æo epi pantwn? Who is over all; as the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

 

And through all] Pervading every thing; being present with every thing; providing for all creatures; and by his energy supporting all things.

 

And in you all.] By the energy of his Spirit, enlightening, quickening, purifying, and comforting; in a word, making your hearts the temples of the Holy Ghost. Some think the mystery of the blessed Trinity is contained in this verse: God is over all, as Father; through all, by the Logos or Word; and in all, by the Holy Spirit."

 

Heavenly Father,

 

I really don't know what to say at the moment. I'm feeling like I'm trying to digest rich food here contained in Your Word.

 

Perhaps there really isn't anything to say other than You are the One True Living God, there is no other, but You.

 

To think You would allow Your Son, to be sacrificed in such a manner that it disrespected You and Who You are, that He would be so viley abused and beaten by mere mens hands, and Who hung there without dignity before the world, because of Your LOVE?

 

I don't deserve You, I don't understand why You love me, but it is such a perfect love that You give that I just can't walk away...nor do I want to.

 

I do want You, I do need You, so please help me, and us, become something that honors You and all You have done. You are holy, so please forgive me all my sins...

 

And Jesus, I'm so sorry You had to suffer so much for me, and us. You really DO deserve the rewards of Your suffering, so take me, and make me, into who You want me to be.

 

I don't even want to post this prayer publically, and I'm not quite sure why.

 

But, I will.

 

In Jesus Name,

 

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Heavenly Father,

I really don't know what to say at the moment. I'm feeling like I'm trying to digest rich food here contained in Your Word.

Perhaps there really isn't anything to say other than You are the One True Living God, there is no other, but You.

To think You would allow Your Son, to be sacrificed in such a manner that it disrespected You and Who You are, that He would be so viley abused and beaten by mere mens hands, and Who hung there without dignity before the world, because of Your LOVE?

I don't deserve You, I don't understand why You love me, but it is such a perfect love that You give that I just can't walk away...nor do I want to.

I do want You, I do need You, so please help me, and us, become something that honors You and all You have done. You are holy, so please forgive me all my sins...

And Jesus, I'm so sorry You had to suffer so much for me, and us. You really DO deserve the rewards of Your suffering, so take me, and make me, into who You want me to be.

I don't even want to post this prayer publically, and I'm not quite sure why.

But, I will.

In Jesus Name,



I'm glad you did...lovely sentiments; from the heart.

I'd never thought of Baptism as making us ALL one together; I'd thought of it more as being one with the Father...it makes perfect sense, though.

If we were truly all one like this things would be different...this says it all...

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"There is one body. He proceeds to show more fully in how complete a manner Christians ought to be united. The union ought to be such that we shall form one body and one soul. These words denote the whole man. We ought to be united, not in part only, but in body and soul.


Great study; thanks for sharing this with us.

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Lord Jesus,

Make us two as one in You, with You, by Your hand. Let us stand as One in You even as You are in our Father and in us. Make us two as one Lord according to Your very Perfect Will and Your very own prayer. Let it be done for Your Glory. And we stand in agreement with the prayers made this day in Your name. Thank You Lord. We Praise You for giving us the strength to endure. And we together in the spirit in You.

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