Oneness Found In Christ

By Arthur J Licursi

Part 1 of 10 - One God

“Oneness” is a major theme in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesian believers. There are several “ones” that we may take note of as elements of the eternal unity of God and believing men.

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

In this series we will look at each of these “ones” noted above, beginning here with the one true God.

We may note that the Bible clearly declares that God is one.Hear, O Israel : The LORD our God is one LORD” (Deuteronomy 6:4) Abraham, originally an idol worshiper, was unique in his time to have become a monotheist follower of the one true God. In Abraham’s time there were no atheist, rather, virtually all people at that time had many “gods.”

The following verse speaks of the oneness of God the Father with and in God the Son, and yet it is not easily understood.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)   

Whether we agree with it or not, it is undeniable that this verse indicates God the Father and the Son are in fact one in the same being. Here the prophesied “child” and “son” obviously is Jesus, who then also is referred to here as “the everlasting Father” and “the mighty God.” Think of it, this would mean when Jesus of Nazareth was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to the Father the night before He was crucified, it was He, as “the everlasting Father,” who was listening to Jesus’ prayer. Considering this, it is no surprise that He here is also here called “wonderful” – the one who is full of wonder. None of us can fully explain the Triune Godhead by our finite human logic, but we can accept this Scripture as truth, by faith, as an expression of the limitlessness of the “LORD our God (who) is one LORD.

Thankfully also, it is this supreme sovereign One Lord who is “above all” (Eph 4:6), over all the things that occur in every believer’s life. We also believe He loves each of us unconditionally, at all times (Rom 8:39). Our heavenly Father then is not only governing the positive but also He is over all the negative happenings of our lives, working “through all” (ibid) to make “all things work together for the good” (Rom 8:28)… so that we “might be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom 8:29).

Some will ask, “What does that mean?” when I refer to such a verse as Isaiah 9:6. Most often Scripture means what is says, straight out, literally. We do not need to spiritualize or allegorize anything to try to make Scripture more reasonable to our finite understanding. We must not permit our lack of faith vision to keep us from trusting such a simply put Scripture just as it is written only because it may seem not to be understandable to us. I’ve learned that in considering such seemingly problematic Scriptures the problem is not with the Scripture that I am reading and not able to understand, rather, the problem is with my understanding. James 1:5 (AMP) If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. We can understand these seemingly mystifying statements of Isaiah 9:6 when, if by faith, we come to see that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the embodiment and expression of the Father, that they are truly “one.” Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30)

The fact is that we have but One God and we declare that we need only Him as our One Lord. He is the Lord Jesus Christ – He is God, the Almighty One. There is none other; we need no other and we desire no other, for Jesus Christ is “all.” Today we worship and honor One Lord, the Father and the SonHe that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” (John 5:23)

Paul says the Father indwells the believer even as Paul says Christ indwells the believer. Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  Paul’s great “mystery” (secret) gospel is Christ in you the hope of Glory” ( Col 1:27).

Paul here uses the names and/or titles of the three persons of Triune Godhead; Spirit, God and Christ are used interchangeably, as they dwell “in you” the believer. Romans 8:9-10 … the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you

One day, in the coming “dispensation of the fulness of times,” in that final eternal dispensation, God will “gather together in one all things “in Christ” – both “in heaven” and “on earth.” (More on this in Part 10.)

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” (Ephesians 1:10)