The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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08/30/2010

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"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" (Eph.4: 4-6).

Do you know someone who is list-driven? Is it you? Some people are better at accomplishing things when they make a sort of checklist. It works great when you go to the super market for food and home essentials. If we tend to be unorganized, a laundry list is often helpful to keep us on track. Here in the fourth chapter of Ephesians, the apostle Paul has put together a list regarding the church. He prefaces the list by writing; "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." It seems like Paul wants the church to be unified in peace, so he makes a list of it's unifying characteristics....A oneness...Using a term from my last devotional, he wants us all to be on the same page. When God placed everything under Jesus' control, the church was one of those things...."appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body" (1:23). So first on the list is one body. Next he speaks about what drives and gives life to that one body and that is the one Spirit. On the day the church was established, the Holy Spirit came over it with power.

When we accept the Lord's invitation to follow Him it is the one hope of our calling. That one hope is our eternal salvation. There is absolutely no doubt who the one Lord is! He is the only begotten Son of John 3:16. This emphasizes the unique aspect of Jesus as our one Lord. Although the world may say that there are many faiths, our Bible says that there is one faith and that it comes through the Word of God. Next on the list is that baptism thing. The one baptism that Paul lists is the same one that Jesus taught when He said; "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mark 16:16). It is also the same one that Peter practiced on the Day of Pentecost when he uttered these words; "Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins" (Acts 2:38). Paul's list concludes with one God and Father of all. Our God is the same God that told the Israelites that they should have no other Gods before them in the book of Exodus....Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace comes only through the list of ones. Jesus and God cannot be multiplied...

Have a wonderful start to your week...Start it with a RAK... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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