ONE HOPE, ONE SPIRIT, ONE CALLING
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Everytime I read this passage of scripture, I remember the prayer Jesus prayed in Gethsemane. John tells us in John 17 that Jesus prayed that His followers would be one as He and His Father are one. What could this possibly mean? How can we experience oneness with the Father and His Son and also experience oneness with His people? We see the answer in today’s passage from Ephesians. The oneness Jesus spoke of is spiritual in nature and does not come about by human effort or planning. We don’t experience this oneness by trying harder. No, this is the work of the Spirit of God. When someone is born again, the Spirit of God enters into their life, oneness is produced by the Holy Spirit. How can this be, it is because each member of His church is drinking of the same Spirit. Just as the spirit of a man brings life to his body, the Holy Spirit brings spiritual life to us and connects us to God and also to His body. Since we now share the same nature with the Father, His Son Jesus, and with the church, the result is what Jesus called oneness. As we grow in grace and yield our lives to the Holy Spirit, this oneness begins to be lived out in our daily experience. As a result, we begin to flow together with His church, evidenced by our relationship to the local church He has placed us in.
Then we begin to see it, we see the hope that He has called us to. We begin to discover His master plan to reveal His Glory to the world. And then comes the best part, we are part of this plan. The life of God in His church is the difference between the church and other human organizations. He is the difference maker. Each one of us has an incredible role to play. How can you discover your part in the Master’s plan? There is only one way, it is realized in your life through the life of the body. As you draw near to the Lord and yield to the Holy Spirit, your life will become more and more connected to His church. In that place of oneness your true identity will be revealed. As this happens, God will be glorified and we will be more than satisfied. We will find ourselves joining together with Paul and the great congregation singing, ” One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God, and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”