Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | January 11, 2011

One Lord One Faith One Baptism

Its time for a friendly reminder on exactly what we believe in. What is the real meaning of Ephesians 4:5 when it states there is only One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism? Why is it important to us today in 2011.

If we look around we will find on every television channel, every religious book, every church both great and small, teachings that more or less state there are multiple ways to get to heaven. Multiple God’s, multiple denominations and regardless of which one you belong to “we” will all end up in heaven together. Matter of fact, so many people are going to heaven that the only ones left to go to hell are the devils and his demonic angels. I’m sure if we search far or near, we will even find a religious organization that teaches Satan will eventually get salvation and we will all become one big happy family again just as God planned for it. Ohhhh my dear brother and sister is this far from the truth. When we read scripture, it never states that there are multiple ways to God.  The bible has one central theme and that is God is one (The Oneness of God),  He and He alone is the giver of the One Spirit that we are all to be baptised in, and only through His precious name Lord Jesus Christ are we to be baptised.  Finally in Him and through Him are we to have faith in. I could go on and on about various belief systems but I wont. Instead I want to break down in easy simple terms why its important to stick with what is taught in the Word of God concerning faith in Him.

ONE LORD

Over seven hundred times in the Old Testament, the Jewish name of God was JEHOVAH THE LORD.  When the word “LORD” was spelled with all capitals, it always meant “JEHOVAH.”  Acts 2:36 – “Let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus both Lord (JEHOVAH) and Christ (Messiah).” Jesus was asked in Matt. 22:36-38 and in Mark 12:28-30, “What is the first and great commandment of them all?”  In Mark, Jesus quoted Deut. 6:4, “Hear, O Israel. the LORD our God is one LORD.”

As we can see clearly from scripture, the only Lord that we are to worship and adore and give homage to is the Lord Jesus Christ. He indeed is the One Lord Ephesians is referring to.

ONE FAITH

The world today recognizes many faiths. The true church, which started on the day of Pentecost, was Apostolic and preached the Apostolic doctrine. Jude, in verse three, admonished all to “contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.” Who delivered this faith?  Peter, having the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:19), delivered the saving message to the Jews and later to the Gentiles (Acts 10).  The Jews, under great conviction, cried out to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What shall we do?”  Peter said.  “Repent and be baptized every one of you  in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of  sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  The promise is unto you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call”  (Acts 2:38, 39)

Clearly we can see from scripture that the only faith is The Apostolic faith that was taught beginning in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost up until 2011. Apostolic (root word Apostle) is not a “denomination” or “organization” (although the world has this classification to label oneness Pentecostals). It is the doctrine that was taught by the Apostles which was given to them by Jesus himself.  Acts 2:42 – “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine. No other scripture clearly names or identifies any other doctrine that should be taught BUT the Apostles (or Apostolic) doctrine. You have a right to question why your church is NOT teaching the Apostles doctrine since scripture clearly says that this was the only doctrine in name that was taught after Pentecost. If you want to be in line with scripture, you MUST have the faith of the Apostles.

ONE BAPTISM

All of the recorded baptisms in the Bible after the Day of Pentecost were done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Apollos baptized the Ephesians wrong (Acts 18 and 19).  Paul came to Ephesus and re-baptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus and they received the Holy Ghost and spake in tongues (Acts 19: 1-6). 

Friend, God makes no exceptions.  If you have received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues, then to have Bible salvation, you must be baptized in Jesus’ name.  Acts 4:12 — “Neither is there salvation in any other name”  (Jesus). 

ONE GOD AND FATHER

To add to today’s listen, I want to share with you that we are proud to be Oneness Pentecostals. Why? Because there is only ONE God and Father. Not 3. Only one. Despite what Mamma Majumba taught you in Sunday school, there is only One God. That one God and Father in Ephesians 4:6 has a name. His name is Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus is God! Yes Jesus is the only deity that you should worship.  Isaiah 9:6 — “Unto us a child is born, a son is given.  His name shall be called the Mighty God and the everlasting Father, . . .  I’m just trying to get doubters to believe and reinforce to those that already believe that Jesus is truly GOD!

In conclusion, I hope and pray that your faith was renewed in knowing that we have a right to believe in One Lord. We have a right to believe in the One Faith which is the Faith of the Apostles. We have a duty and command to baptise in the One Baptism that scripture refers to which is the baptism in Jesus Name! Its bible. How can you help but believe it?

*I want to give credit to Lewis E. Manuwal for some of his work that I have cited throughout this blog.


Responses

  1. Now concerning the dilemma of baptism the question is, “what is the correct formula”? According to the Holy Scripture, there is One baptism that is correct (Eph.4:5). The simplicity of the confusion is that instead of some Doing what JESUS said to do they repeat the command that was given! A sure way to understand what is being said is to understand the language being spoken. Let’s take the prepositional phrase “in the name” and also use the following preposition “of”. First let us give the definition to the word “in”, which expresses action WITHIN limits of space, time, state, form, and circumstance. In this phrase “in the name”, “in” sets the form in which the action is to be expressed within.
    The word “the” refers to a particular thing being spoken of. “The” is a definite article which limits or restricts the sense of a noun. THE king refers to a particular king whereas “A” king means just one king but not one in particular. “Name” has a special definition when making a reference to GOD, which implies that of authority, character, rank, power, majesty, excellence, and expresses the attributes of GOD. “Of” simply means “belonging to”.
    So, Christ is saying to baptize in One name (“The Name”) that belongs to the FATHER, and to the SON, and to the HOLYGHOST as these are titles given to ONE who is Jehovah GOD. There is ONE name to baptize in and that name is JESUS. Note these references in scripture pertaining to the aforementioned titles: Matt.1:21-25, John 5:43, 14:26, 17:6.
    The name (the Salvation name of JEHOVAH GOD) that represents all three titles is JESUS (meaning “Jehovah is my salvation”). If this were not the case, Peter then was disobedient on the day of Pentecost! If this were not true then Paul was, along with the house of Cornelius, baptized wrong! If this statement is erroneous then Paul further wrongly instructed those believers in the 19th Chapter of Acts concerning baptism. And lastly, if these points are prevarications and perversions of sound doctrine then have us note that the New Testament scripture have contradicted themselves concerning baptism all together and unequivocally so.
    The first divide that the enemy devised against the church was an attempt to separate the name of JESUS from believers (which is an oxymoron; how can you truly believe and not embrace HIS name?) as found in 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.
    The name of JESUS is the doorway (John 10:7) that gives believers access to all the Kingdom offers. Colossians 3:17 tells us “WHATSOEVER YE DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS”. The Scripture verse in John 20:31 states that Salvation is through HIS name. John 14:13 states that whatever we ask in prayer in HIS name HE will do it.
    We cannot ignore to be obedient and have particular obedience and then expect blessings of the LORD as did Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1). 1 John 2:17 states “And the World passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of GOD abideth for ever.
    Let us not continue in redundancy repeating GOD’s word over and over but never actually executing HIS command as those described by James who were hearers only and not doers. There is an Awesome blessing in being united under the name of JESUS which every Christian should be in all things. There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved!
    Sincerely in affectionate love in CHRIST.
    The Zealwriter- C.E. Burns Jr.

  2. There is actually a denomination that exist that believes that eventually satan and his angels and all the people that will be going to hell will go to heaven. I saw then talking on a television station over a year ago. It is very sad but when you think you have seen or heard it all there is always something new that appears.


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