There is One Spirit (69)
Background: We continue to study the word “One.” That in Ephesians 4:1-6, this term is not used to exclude or eliminate others that are in the same or similar level that is found in the Bible. If one God, one Lord, does not exclude others that are mentioned in the Bible, “one baptism or one immersion” should not eliminate immersion in the Holy Spirit. Now let us look at “one Spirit.” There are several persons that are called Spirit quoting from NKJV. The God as Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the human spirit, the confusing spirit are all written as pneuma:
(1) Ephesians 4:4, “There is one body and one Spirit. . .”
(2) John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.”
(3) 2Cor. 3:16-18, “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
(4) 1Cor. 14:14, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. x x x I will pray with the spirit, . . . I will sing with the spirit. . . bless with the spirit. . .”
(5) Rev. 1:4, “. . . Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne.”
Rev. 1:10, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet.”
(6) 1 John 4:1-3, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. . .”
The epistle warns about spirits that would possess people and reveal some secrets or future events. But to the Christian the main source of information is the Holy Spirit having been sent by the Father and by the Son. That is why the early Christians were warned to test every spirit whether they are from God or not.
Conclusion: If “one Spirit” of Ephesians 4:4 does not eliminate or discard the other entities in the Bible that are called Spirit (pneuma), or spirits because they are closely associated with the Holy Spirit, in like manner, do not interpret “one immersion” to mean immersion in water only. “One immersion” does not discard the born of Spirit because Christ included it in the New Birth and a Kingdom of God entry requirement.