Emanna for 04/24/2019
Seven Ones For the Believers' Oneness
Eph 4:3 Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace: (4) One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling; (5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism; (6) One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Words of Ministry
In exhorting us to safeguard the oneness (4:3), the Apostle Paul points out seven things as the base, the very foundation, of our oneness: one Body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father. These seven ones are of three groups. The first three can be grouped together, the Spirit with the Body as His expression and the Body related to the one hope... The next three can also be grouped together, the Lord with faith and baptism, that we may be joined to Him. Then we have one God and Father, who is the Originator and source of all. The Spirit as the Executor of the Body, the Son as the Creator of the Body, and God the Father as the Originator of the Body--all three of the Triune God--are related to the Body. The keeping of the oneness is a matter in the Triune God. This means that the Triune God Himself is the base of our oneness, its fundamental basis and very foundation.... In our experience, however, the Spirit is first because He is directly related to the oneness, to the carrying out of the oneness in the one Body. Following this, we have the Lord as the Accomplisher and the Father as the source. Therefore, our oneness is the Triune God realized and experienced by us in our Christian life.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 313, 319. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 9/9/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.