Ephesians 4:5

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Ephesians 4:5

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptisme,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
- American Standard Version (1901)

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
- Basic English Bible

one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
- Darby Bible

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
- Webster's Bible

There is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
- Weymouth Bible

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
- World English Bible

o Lord,
- Wycliffe Bible

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Ephesians 4:5

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 4:5

4:5 One outward baptism.

People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:5

Eph 4:5 One Lord. Christ, the Head of the church (1Co 1:13 Eph 1:10). All saints have one Master. One faith. One Lord who is the object of faith, and whom both Jews and Gentiles lay hold upon by faith in him. One baptism. All have been baptized into the "one Lord" upon the profession of the "one faith" by one rite. It would be utterly inconsistent with the Apostle's argument, if there could be anything divisive about baptism, as three different ways of administering itself. He is showing that there is unity in each one of seven essential features of Christianity, and hence all should seek to "keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph 4:3).

Discussion for Ephesians 4:5

  • Leverda Freeman on Ephesians 4:5

    could someone tell more about John15:1
  • Jesse - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5

    John 15:1 says I am the true vine, and the word true means genuine, versus symbolic. I am the genuine vine, and my Father is the husbandman, literally earth-worker, the farmer of the vineyard.

    In the Old Testament, the vine was always used an example of Israel, especially Isaiah Chapter 5 Verses 1 through 7, also known as the song of the vineyard, how that God planted a vineyard and it was the nation Israel. But they grew wild grapes, and thorns grew and God allowed the vineyard to be overrun by the wild animals, and that was the symbol of His judgment against Israel.

    And so when Jesus, now talking to His disciples, He says I am the genuine vine, not the symbolic one of the Old Testament. I am the genuine vine and My Father is the farmer.
  • Godwin Nnah on Ephesians 4:5
    Just to add to some comments above, regarding Sprinkling & Immersion baptism: Both are processes initiated by the Lord (God / Jesus). The most important thing is your soul and the spirit dwelling in you. In Acts - the jailor and his household (adults & infants) was baptised when instantly when Paul & Silas made him knew they did not ran away from prison. It was not immersion; but was recorded and they gave their lives. The Eunuch with Philip was baptised while on their way (without necessarily passes through church protocols); he gave his life.

    What is important here as a Christian is to recognize your sins, drop them before the Lord. See yourself as an unworthy person who needs mercy from God and who has done something wrong knowingly (as a youth/adult) and unknowingly (as a child/infant/ignorant of the laws); thereby requesting for grace, mercy and compassion from the Lord.

    God has shown his love for man in that while Abraham gave-up Isaac for the sacrifice in obedient to God's demand for testing of his faith, God gave His only begotten Son (born & not created) to save mankind, sending the Holy Spirit to confirm the Son's authority.

    This is why when Christ was baptised, A voice came from heaven (Father) declaring Jesus (His Son), and a dove patched on Jesus (Holy Spirit) to show what is later termed as "Trinity" by the Orthodox churches. We must seek salvation and the door of salvation is always open to them that seeks grace, mercy and God's love. Remain blessed in Jesus Name - Amen.
  • Larry Masur on Ephesians 4:5
    KJV. Ephesians 4:5 One Lord,One faith, One baptism.My question is what is that one baptism?
  • Jesse - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5
    Hello Larry,

    Paul says one baptism! He is not talking about sprinkling or immersing. It was Paul who said in 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, Verse 13 that we are all baptized by one Spirit into the body of Christ.

    It is a Hebrew phrase that Paul used to describe the salvation process, that when the Holy Spirit comes into a person's life, they are cleansed.

    And baptism also means identification. In 1 Corinthians Chapter 10, the people in the wilderness were baptized unto Moses. There wasn't any baptism ceremony. But when they identified with him and went through the Red Sea, they called it baptism. It's identification.

    But there's only one baptism that saves. That's the baptism of God's Spirit. And there's one God, Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.

    Do you get the idea that he's trying to say we're pretty much covered? He's in us, He's through us, and He's around us!
  • Larry Masur - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5
    Amen that's a good thing , I guess what I was trying to ask is when you are baptized should you be baptized in the name of the Father in the Son and the Holy Spirit or in the name of Jesus ?
  • Paul - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5
    He Jesse. This Paul would like to know the meaning of Matt. 28:19-20 with regard to your comment. Thank you.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5
    Hello Paul,

    Matt. 28:19-20 is speaking of water baptism. However, water baptism does not save a person. There has to be a spiritual baptism or Spiritual birth. Back in Matt. 3:11, John says, I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

    You see, John baptized with water. But Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit (Salvation), and with fire. And fire baptism is a baptism of judgment. That's not the baptism we want! A person who gets water baptized should already be saved. Water baptism is a testimony before others that there has been an inward change in their life (Spirit baptism).

    I hope this is what you are asking. If, not I would be happy to respond back if you're looking for something else.
  • Paul - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5
    Thank you for your reply. I may have misunderstood. Do you believe that water baptism is a necessity?
  • Jesse - in Reply on Ephesians 4:5
    Hi Paul, my answer would remain the same if we are asking if water baptism is a necessity for salvation. I would still say it is not necessary because water baptism comes after salvation.

    I believe a person who is saved can go their entire life not being water baptized and still remain saved. We know from scripture that Jesus told the thief on the cross next to Him that today you will be with me in paradise. There is no biblical evidence showing that he was water baptized.

    Now, is it a necessity after salvation? I think water baptism is very important for a believer. The early church seemed to see it as being important. The Jews ceremoniously baptized everything, pots and pans, dishes, etc. I think it is important to understand what water baptism represented to the Jews, and also to the early church. It represented two things: cleansing (not salvation), and also identification.

    Being water baptized is required in a lot of churches in order to become a member of that particular group. Again, it represents your identification with that group of believers. But the most important representation of water baptism would be your identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That's who we identify with in baptism, and that is our testimony to those who are there as witnesses that we are identifying with Jesus Christ. The water baptism is a Physical outward expression of an inward Spiritual change. I believe it is a necessary part of a believer's life, but not required for salvation.


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