On The Way International’s website is a beautiful, clear statement of our beliefs, and one of those statements says, “We believe in one God, the Creator of the heavens and earth; in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, our lord and savior, whom God raised from the dead; and we believe in the workings of the Holy Spirit.” This truth of one God was prevalent throughout the Old Testament, the Gospel period, and the first-century Church. And today it is still a truth vital for believers to share with others.
The truth of one God was proclaimed in the Old Testament. It set God’s people apart from those who worshipped other gods during Old Testament times. Moses, by revelation, wrote the fundamental truths of one God.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you.
At times, God’s people did wander from worshipping the one true God and went after the gods of the people around them. God, by way of His prophets and kings, clearly called His people to return unto Him and put away those other gods so that He could deliver and bless them.
I Samuel 7:3:
And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
Proclaiming the truth of one God continued throughout the Old Testament. Let’s see this in the last book of the Old Testament.
Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?…
Jesus Christ taught the same concept of one God that his forefathers had maintained, and this foundational truth was carried over into the first-century Church. Jesus spoke this truth in the Gospel of Mark.
…The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Early in the Grace Administration, the Apostle Paul, a key leader in the first-century Church, referred to the one true God in books of the Bible addressed to the born-again believers.
I Corinthians 8:6:
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
I Timothy 2:5:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
The truth of one God is still a vital truth for born-again believers today to share with others.
In the twenty-first century, it is our turn to bring the light of God’s Word to men, women, and young people regarding the truth of one God and to deliver them from erroneous doctrines that have held them captive. Whether it be an individual, a family, a community, or a nation, the truth of one God will bring deliverance in life.
The one true God alone deserves our deepest love and commitment. From Genesis to Malachi, the Old Testament believers were called back to this fundamental truth. Then in the Gospel Administration into the early days of the Grace Administration, Jesus Christ and others declared God’s sovereignty and the truth of one God. As twenty-first century believers entrusted with the Word, we have the privilege, responsibility, and tremendous opportunity to share with others this vital truth regarding the one true God.