|Ephesians 4:4-5 |
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,1
1 One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Just like there is only one Lord, there is supposed to be one faith, but there are 41,000 sects with different interpretations of what the Bible says; so there are many different Bible-faiths. These are not the one faith that the Apostles preached; the Apostles preached an inward faith by revelation that is authored by Jesus Christ. The object of the bible-faiths and an the inward faith are the same, but the differences are crucial to realize the promises of God. The two faiths are:
If everyone were trained by the Holy Spirit, and truly appointed by the Holy Spirit, there would be only one faith; instead everyone is trained by men and appointed by men who were without the Holy Spirit's training or appointment. Different men, different opinions as to meaning of scriptures, different faiths — and so no true faith.
Just like there is only one Lord, there is only one baptism. The one baptism is:
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Mat 3:11-12.
The Lord separates the wheat from the chaff, the precious from the vile. The wheat is the words of life that he has spoken to you, which words are grafted into your heart to form Christ within; the chaff is your selfish, sinful nature of its lusts, affections, and pride, which after separation is then burnt to oblivion by the devouring fire and everlasting burnings of Jesus, the pure word of life, which is fire. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of fire at the conclusion of the journey to the kingdom:
Thus creating a cleansed, purified individual, to then enter the kingdom of God. Until man obtains the purifying, miraculous grace of God to cleanse his heart, he cannot be in the company of, or pleasing to, God. This baptism occurs after a man has crucified his selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. This baptism by fire, the baptism of death to the selfish nature of man, is the one baptism needed: one Lord, one faith, one baptism, Eph 4:5.
This is end of your fleshly self, as Christ comes and slays the residual spirit of Satan within you by the brightness of his coming, by the words of his mouth, by his crushing the head of Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20,Gen 3:15. This is the final judgment; the true baptism of the Holy Spirit into the death of Christ; the sharing of his death. Jesus is then resurrected in you to be your true Lord; 2 Cor4:14,Col2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6; who orders all your words and deeds, which deeds are works to show the love and power of God to the world.
The journey of faith to the baptism of death, (which is the one true baptism), is not a short journey , nor is it accomplished by asking or praying for it; it only occurs after you have: waited on the Lord, heard his many spoken-to-you reproofs, consistently obeyed his many commands that you hear him speak to you, died daily on the inward cross of self-denial, suffered many trials and tribulations, and endured with patience and persistence to the end.