There Is One Faith (Ephesians 4:5)
In this series on the unity of the body of Christ we have seen that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, and one Lord. In this post we will study the one faith. There is one faith shared by all believers.
To what does “one faith” refer? Some interpret this to mean the body of truth received by all believers. In this interpretation the “one faith” is referring to the faith or doctrine.
Another interpretation is that this refers to the common trust in Jesus Christ for rescue from sin shared by all true believers. I believe this is the correct interpretation. This is the faith that God has produced in believers through hearing the Gospel (Romans 10:17).
The Gospel is the Good News about Jesus Christ. Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He became a man without ceasing to be God (John 1:1-14). He lived the perfect life that God demands, pleasing the Father in every way (Hebrews 4:15). He died the death that sinners deserve to die (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). He came back to life again (Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). All who trust in Jesus Christ alone to rescue them from sin are saved from sin and hell (John 3:16). All who trust in Him are owned by Him, becoming members of God’s family (Ephesians 1:5-8). This is the one faith .
This faith in Christ has been given to believers as a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). This faith has been produced by the Word of Christ, the Gospel (Romans 10:17). All true believers in Jesus Christ share this trust in the Him as Lord and Savior. Believers come to Jesus as vile sinners entrusting themselves to Him to be rescued from sin and the judgement of God’s wrath in hell.
There is one faith that unites believers. It is trust in Jesus Christ. It is dependence upon Him for a right relationship with God, forgiveness of sins, and rescue from eternal wrath. This is the faith shared by all who are in Jesus Christ.
Are you depending on Jesus alone for rescue from sin? If not, stop leaning on anything other than Him. Stop leaning on yourself, your baptism, your religion, your entitlement, or your “goodness.” Trust in Jesus Christ. “Turn to me and be saved all the ends of the earth! For I am God and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22).
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