There are many bodies, multiple Spirits, several hopes, numerous Lords, several faiths, manifold baptisms, and a few Fathers who have limited sovereignty.
Would you sign that confession of faith?
We participate in…
and nit picking,
and in drawing the line and daring someone to cross,
and in thinking the worst of someone else’s motives but expecting understanding for ours,
and in wanting mercy for ourselves but judgment for our neighbor.
And all that is done in the context of the church, to the church, in the sight and hearing of the lost world.
Stop and think through this with me, please. Paul begged us to balance our belief with our behavior. Then he wrote about the attitudes of a balanced life. Now he enumerates the components that are necessary for the unity that he asks us to diligently work to preserve. He lists what is essential.
“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
It is very interesting to me that Paul intertwines the unity of the church with the unity of the Godhead. He names each member of the Trinity and intersperses that with the fundamentals of the church. One. One. One. One. One. One. So it seems that to split the church into factions is to split the Trinity into pieces. That would be to multiply God into gods.
Would we sign the heretical confession of faith from that comprises the first line of this post?
Then we must humble our hearts, balance our beliefs with our behavior, and strive with every ounce of effort to “keep the unity in the bond of peace”, or we may be signing heresy…not with our pen…but with our testimony.
Part 13 of “Echoes of Encouragement from Ephesians.” See Also: Attitude not Aptitude