This evening we're going to be looking at Ephesians 4:1-6, this is the last of the series of the things that unite us with Christ.
- Ephesians 4:1-6
We’ve looked this text on and off over the course of the past year. We’ve discussed how we are united because we have one body, Spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism. We’ve noted that unity is something for which we must endeavor to have.
It should be noted now, however, that this seventh item is the foundation for all others. The unity of God is a subject that transcends the pages of the Bible from the very first page of the Old Testament to the very last of the New.
Even Jesus and the Holy Spirit recognize the primacy of God the Father.
- John 8:29
- John 16:13
One day all things will return to the Father under His direct authority according to 1 Corinthians 15:28. What ought we to understand from this last point, that there is one God and Father?
The God of Unity Is a Particular God - "One God"
In contrast to the polytheism of ancient and modern pagan cultures, the Bible declares God to be one.
- Deuteronomy 6:4
- Isaiah 44:6
- 1 Corinthians 8:5-6
How could a religion have unity with multiple gods acting each according to their own ways and manners? If Paul’s experience at Athens meant anything, it teaches us that belief in polytheism simply leads to confusion.
- Acts 17:16-31
Because God is one God He can expect to be worshipped and Him alone.
- Exodus 20:1-7
Each of these items centers around the fact that there is only one God.
- Revelation 22:9
We have but One God and He is a particular God with a personal character. Because we have one God we have a single uniting Source of truth.
The God of Unity is A Paternal God - "One Father"
We see in the one Father a loving God. We may think from understanding the oneness of God that God simply wants drive us into submission. But we know from 1 John that God is love.
- 1 John 4:8
- 1 John 4:16
Because God is love, God is our Father and because He is our Father, He is love.
We see in the one Father a personal God/Father. From thinking about the oneness of God one might think that God is unapproachable. But God wants us to understand Him as a son His Father.
- Galatians 4:6
- Romans 8:15
A child that isn't yours doesn't have the right to say abba to you. But if you adopt the child they then have that right. We have been adopted into the family of God, therefore we can call Him, Abba.
We see in the one Father a loving, but one who disciplines. Our Father may discipline through teaching and instruction.
- Matthew 28:18-20
Or, he may use other means for our learning. Regardless the means, he does it because he loves us.
- Hebrews 12:5-10
We have but One Father and He is a loving, personal, but disciplining Father.
Because God is one Father, we have a single uniting Source of care and authority.
The God of Unity is A Present God - "Who is above all and through all and in all."
We see in the One God a God who is over and above all.
According to Isaiah 57:15, God inhabits eternity. He is a God who is above all things.
- Psalm 50:10
- Psalm 148:13
- Isaiah 55:9
- Jeremiah 10:10-13
God is above it all. We see in the one God, a God who is through all.
We may think that since God is above all that we would never see Him in His creation. But we see Him in every thing.
- Psalm 19:1
- Romans 1:20
- Romans 11:36
We see in the One God, a God who is in you all.
But man might think that since God is above it all that he is never with us. But he is always with us.
- John 14:23
- 2 Corinthians 6:16
- 1 John 4:12-15
We have but one God and he is the God who is ever present and with us always. Because God is one God we have a single Source of constant companionship.
We see the basis of our unity as there being one God, who is above all and through all and in all.
The God of unity is…
- A Particular God, He is Yahweh, Jehovah, there is no other God but Jehovah, the Lord our God is one Lord.
- A Paternal God, He is a loving Father.
- A Present God, He is not far from everyone of us. He is not far off, but is present with us.
He is the God that loves us and paid the ultimate price to redeem us from our sin. He sent His only begotten son down to this lowly sin-filled earth to live a perfect life so that we can have the opportunity to live with Him in Heaven.
If you believe that Jessus Christ is the Son of God, then act on that faith. Step out in faith, and repent of your sins, confess that faith in Christ and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.
If you were once walking faithfully but have turned aside, you can once again be restored to the unity of faith, but repenting.
If we can assist you in coming to know the One God, who is the God of Unity, please contact us.