Ephesians 4:1–6 (ESV)
Unity in the Body of Christ
4 I therefore,
a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I read this and it sounds so much like the readings for yesterday at church (Rom. 12:9-21). When you have two text from different books saying close to the same thing, The Lord IS calling on you and me to “walk in a manner worthy of the
calling to which you have been called.” We are to live in humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We are not to give it lip service... but to
Today’s reading also contains a famous doctrinal statement coming from Paul: “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” We believe and confess in one God, with one faith.
We also hold to one baptism. We do not “re-baptize” people who come from other denominations. We accept their baptism... unless their baptism was not a baptism based on the Trinitarian God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We
do accept baptisms that were baptized in the name of Jesus, but it must be from a Trinitarian based church. Non Trinitarian churches are the Mormon church, Jehovah Witnesses, and some others. Once you have been baptized... you’re baptized!
You are not to be baptized again.
I pray: O Lord, help me in my daily walk, to not just give you lip service, but to walk according to your ways. Amen.