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Bible 1 Yr – Day 202 – One Lord, one faith, one baptism

More poignant words from St. Paul today on the nature of faith, the Church and the Body of Christ. He starts Chapter 4 with the following:

1 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.

Paul is telling his readers and by extension us, that the Christian is to live in a manner worthy of their conversion and the new creation they have become. There is a specific reason for this. It is because the Christian should be EAGER TO MAINTAIN THE UNITY of the spirit. We know from Paul’s other letters that disunity was something that happened and Paul fought against. (Remember when people were arguing who had a higher honor because of who had baptized them). Paul is saying that a Christian should never act to bring disunity.

Then Paul says this:

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. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

The obvious point is that there is only one body, one sprit and one faith. It follows that by definition that which is not of the one original body, spirit and faith is of the disunity Paul just told everyone to avoid.

However, a second point strikes me as slightly odd and worthy of investigation. Look at what Paul lists as there being only one of:

One Body
One Spirit
One Lord
One Faith
One God and Father of all

And

One Baptism?!

Which one of these things is not like the others?

All the things on the list save us. Certainly, the Spirit, the Lord, God the Father, and faith all save us. In the Catholic way of looking at things the body is the extension of Christ into this world but even you ascribe to a the body as a “mystical body of believers” one could argue that in a sense, the body which is made up of those other believers that bring us the Christian message and help convert us, in a manner they save us to.

And among these things Paul lists … Baptism. Thus, Paul considers Baptism on par with the other things he lists. This makes sense in that we know Peter says,

21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, NOW SAVES YOU, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. 1 Peter 3:21-22

How are we to make sense of such bold ideas for Paul and Peter? Again, the Catholic understanding helps to reconcile the underlying principles involved. Peter says that baptism is, “an appeal to God for a good conscience, THROUGH THE RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.” Baptism doesn’t have any inherent power of its own. Its power comes through the Resurrection and the command of the resurrected Lord to Baptize in his name. Thus, since to come through the resurrection Baptism has real power to cleanse you of your sins.

It works in this manner, baptism follows conversion and it is the first act of obedience to the commands of the Lord. Since it is done through the resurrection it is an appeal through Christ to the father for a clean conscience (i.e. soul). This appeal is of course always granted because of the successful work of the Son who was obedient unto death. The new obedience of the convert warrants that the fruits of the resurrection be applied to them. Catholics believe that at Baptism the Holy Spirit enters the body of the baptized in a new and profound way, making them adopted children of the Father. As such you are a new creation and have been joined to the Body of Christ. Thus, in this way, Paul can list it among the things that there are “one of” that save you.

41 thoughts on “Bible 1 Yr – Day 202 – One Lord, one faith, one baptism”

  1. Hears my question if all these things save you hear is my question for any catholic how does a catholic know for sure he’s saved? I’m not attacking the system I just want to know how do you know for sure your saved?

    1. What makes you think you can know for sure that you are saved? St. Paul says that he does ‘not even judge himself. [he] knows of nothing against himself but does not judge himself.”

      1. The gospel, I have full assurance in the gospel! because I’m justified in Christ, I know because Jesus was born of a virgin birth, live a perfect life and was resurrected from the dead as the perfect God man and my unity in the perfect blood of Christ, because of my committed faith in that God saved me! What an unfortunate reality to not know true salvation of course works matter your missing grace! I am completely justified in Christ! I am in him all my sins are blotted out from the east to the west! This is the gospel this is my ultimate hope, and the saving faith that get me into heaven this is my ultimate reality the blood of the spotless lamb, that I connect to by faith! Of course you as a catholic would need tradition, because your salvation depend on it mine doesn’t I’m saved by the gospel!

        Your not saved than Dave! I have full insurance in heaven, by what God did for me, this is grace!

      2. What exactly are you committed in faith, Jon? You say you believe the Gospel, but find nothing to be a requirement, even the Sacraments which Christ instituted Himself, as well as rejecting His righteous authority of the Church, His Holy Bride. Hope is also not knowing, by the way. Knowing would make it fact and no longer Faith by which to have hope. We do good works because of God’s grace that flows from Him. Your sins are carried with your soul after death, if not, God would not have to judge anyone, Heaven would just be an open door. We know better, because the Bible tells us so, right?

      3. The requirement is his righteousness not mine! I’m saved by him the requirement was fulfilled by Christ perfect life, death, and resurrection that is my only hope and your to Justin! I connect to that by faith, not by any other righteousness, but the saving righteousness any other requirement can’t do it!

        You see what is required for heaven is perfection, and there was only one perfect, and he’s Christ and in that I’m a 100 percent sure of my spot in heaven because of him, and only by him!

      4. You’ve not addressed anything I asked you. What do you DO to be so sure of your spot in Heaven? We all know only perfection can only enter Heaven and through Christ we may.

      1. The question I asked was how do you know your assured of heaven, Dave said you can’t be sure, I answer my assurance is in Christ life death, and resurrection! The difference between Protestant and catholic faith, is Catholics are working to get to heaven Protestant already know that salvation lies in Christ life, and we connect to Christ that very different Justin!

        God bless

        Jon

      2. Catholics are not “working to get to heaven”. We are showing God’s love through us by doing good works. By God’s grace we are able. You really believe we do not recognize Christ as being Our Savior? It’s been explained to you countless times that Catholics believe Christ is our means of salvation. Walk and chew gum, Jon.

      1. For whatever reason I didn’t get notifications of these posts so I missed this entire exchange until now.

        Regardless, I’m excited for you Jon you’re more confident in your salvation than St. Paul was! What a great place to be. As for me, I will rely on God’s mercy.

      2. Dave Paul just saying God judges not man as for Justin point, In think Catholics believe in Christ but they don’t have assurance, which is the essence of the gospel, your assurance is in the church mine is in the savior completely that where my 100
        Percent confidence comes from, if your right that Christ doesn’t save I’m lost, but 1 Corinthians 2:2 gives me all the confidence in the world and Paul confidence is in the resurrection as well!

      3. “22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:22-23

        Strange how St. Paul has linked Christ as the head of the Church making it joined. We have already seen how flimsy the argument is in attempting to dispute this revealed truth.

        How in the world can you judge yourself or anyone else, Jon? Do you see how arrogant that is? You are not entitled to anything.

  2. 1 Corinthians 5:3-5King James Version (KJV)

    3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
    4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

    Is this not “judgement”?

    1 Corinthians 6:3-5King James Version (KJV)

    3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
    4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
    5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

    You said in yesterdays post that the church will teach the angels, here it says we will judge them. So, again, are we not called to judge things within the church?

    1. Galatians 2:11-16King James Version (KJV)

      11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
      12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
      13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
      14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
      15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
      16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

      Isn’t Paul “judging” what Peter is doing as wrong?

    1. No one can judge! Christ already judged everyone we are all guilty and by his stripes we are healed again hears the Christian assurance!

      1. No one can judge sin, but Christ!

        Galatians 2:15- 21

        My justification and my sanctification are found in death to my abilities and in his life, by faith!

      2. How do you know if a sin is a sin or not without righteous judgement?

      3. Sin was already judged past sin, current sin, and future sin were judged at the cross! The only one that can juge sin is Jesus the spotless lamb not the church, not the pope as much as I as appreciate what he stand for, but just a man, he can not judge sin because he’s a sinner himself!

      4. And we can judge sin as inherently evil. You’re confusing judging sin with judging a soul.

      5. I never said you can’t recognize sin, but we all sinners, it’s why Jesus says if you have murder in your heart your a murder if you have adultery thought you have comitted adultery all have sinned and deserve hell we don’t need justice we need grace and we get grace in Christ alone through faith alone we all deserve hell, but by God grace the elected from eternity past will be with Jesus forever.

      6. When I mean grace I mean opposite of works it’s freedom in Christ! You can earn grace it was credited to your account!

      7. Not really or it wouldn’t be grace! Grace is unmerited favor! I think you can fall out of blessing, but not grace! Grace is unmerited favor!

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