"There is...one faith" (Ephesians 4:5).
The world is terribly confused in its religious views and ideas.
One does not have to be very wise to know that this is true. Some appear to like it this way and will contend that it is a good thing because it gives one the right of multiple choice. He then can choose, they argue, whatever may satisfy his conscience or please him most.
The question, however, is not that of pleasing man. It is rather a matter of pleasing God. We must keep in mind that God has made His choice. We are to be interested in God's choice. The scripture now before us teaches "one faith." It is singular. It does not allow a multiple choice that is acceptable to God. The "one faith" is the same thing as "the faith." "The faith," as it is used in the New Testament, comprehends the entire Christian system. In writing of this to the church, Jude says,
"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once (once for all) delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).
Please examine with care the statement, "contend for the faith. " It is not suggested that one should contend for many faiths. To do so would be confusing, contradictory, and absurd. Yet, this is the very thing that is done by multitudes today when they insist that "one is just as good as another." Timothy is urged to "Fight the good fight of the faith" (I Timothy 6:12), not the good (?) fight of many faiths. Paul wrote that he had "kept the faith" (II Timothy 4:7). With dedication, devotion, and zeal, the apostle to the Gentiles renounced the old law and embraced the New Covenant and thus was completely loyal to "the faith" for which he eventually gave his life. (II Timothy 4:7-8).
It is surely beyond debate that God intends that there should be only one faith--one great system, plan, program of redemption and salvation. It is not of man's creation nor of man's design. It came not from the councils of men or the minds of men. The faith, the one faith, had its origin in the mind of God and is designed by Him for man's good and God's glory.
The Bible is its own best interpreter. We take note that Paul had said, "There is one Spirit." This is true and arouses little, if any, argument from any quarter. From the same text, "There is one faith." This is also true! There is just one! Proper interpretation demands that we understand there is "one faith" just as we understand there is "one Spirit."
Our Savior said, as He met with His disturbed and uncertain disciples shortly before His death, "Ye believe in God, believe also in Me...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:1,6).
If indeed Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, how could there possibly be more than one faith acceptable in the eyes of the Lord? Why should there be more than one faith? The world has been too often shocked and encouraged to disbelief because of the divisiveness of many faiths. Families have been divided, communities have been "at war," and even nations have been rocked to their very roots by such division. All of the world has been injured spiritually by man's colossal disregard of the plain teaching of God's Word.
As there is one body, one hope, one Spirit, one Lord, one baptism, one God, so there is one faith.
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