“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:1-6).
There are not, as the religious world professes, multitudes of gods, instead there is “one God and Father of all.” Just as every living creature can only have one father, so there can only be one Creator God who gave life to everything He created … “He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25.) It should be noted that the false theory that all religious roads lead to the same God is rejected by Bible-believing Christians. The only way to the true God is through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6.)
One God and Father
True Christians have one Father because they put their trust in the one God. Not only is God “one” from the perspective of unity (Trinity), but He is “one” also in that He is unique, meaning that there is no other god beside Him. This thought includes the fact that it is impossible to compare anything created with Him … “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me” (Isaiah 45:5) … “To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?” (Isaiah 46:5.) Therefore, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, and others are not alternative names for God; they are for Satan, but not the Living God. As Paul reveals, the “One God and Father” is “above all,” yet as believers He is meant to be “through all” and “in” us all. As our Father He delights in being our Sustainer and Provider. John Wesley, in his Notes on the New Testament, comments, “One God and Father of all” that believe. Who is above all, presiding over all His children, operating through them all by Christ, and dwelling in them all by His Spirit.”
Worship of the true God
Our text also reveals the fact that worship and adoration should only be directed to the only true God. Man, as a religious being, was created to worship. After the Fall he chose to worship anything and everything but God. Instead of practicing true faith, man became pagan and idolatrous … “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Romans 1:21-25.)
The Bible teaches that man should only worship the true God … “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10.) It is our duty as the children of God to keep and promote this command. No wonder Paul writes, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” … “Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:15.) Jude closes his epistle with the following benediction, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen” (Jude :25.) This is the God we serve.
The only way for believers to have unity amongst themselves is to walk worthy. This holy walk includes walking with the Father. If we do not glorify the same God, then we cannot fellowship with one another. This becomes a powerful witness to this fallen world.