St. Paul lays out the seven unities of our faith that shape our identities as Christians:
One body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. -Ephesians 4:4-6, NAB
Let’s look at those again in list format:
- One Body
- One Spirit
- One Hope
- One Lord
- One Faith
- One Baptism
- One God and Father
Our entire faith and beliefs can be summed up in these concepts. We are one body, the Church, that connects through one Spirit, in one hope, to our one Lord, Jesus Christ, who leads us to one faith by our one baptism, to our one God the Father.
In these seven unities, we see the entire Trinity mentioned (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), we see the Church (a community of believers), and we see the exercise of our faith through the Sacraments. Few verses explain our entire belief system as succinctly as this.
As individual concepts, each of these aspects of our faith are a work of art in our lives, but together, they paint a beautiful, almost indescribable masterpiece that only God Himself could create. On paper, they are mere words, but open your heart and soul to their true meaning, and you will begin to understand the world in a whole new way.
The seven unities listed in Ephesians 4 are often overlooked and rarely quoted, but few verses, in my mind, tell as much about our faith as these simple words. Sometimes, the simplest verses can also be the most profound.