The Power of One
The significance of “one” cannot be overstated especially when it comes to Christianity. We have all heard phrases like “one for all, all for one” or “it takes one to know one.” But what does the bible say about the important role of “one” and the impact it has on our belief system, in our lives as Christians, and our very existence? Here are only some examples of how “one” has played a pivotal role in our past and in our future:
The Power of One God
The foundation of our belief rests on the premise that there is only one true God and everything we know of Him and his plan for us is revealed through His one and only Word.
Deuteronomy 4:35: Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
Deuteronomy 4:39: Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
I Kings 8:60: That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.
Isaiah 46:9: Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Ephesians 4:6: One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Revelation 1:8: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Acts 6:7: And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Ephesians 6:17: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I Peter 1:23: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
I John 1:1: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
I John 5:7: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Revelation 19:13: And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
The Power of One Time
There is a first time for everything. Nowhere is that more evident than in the biblical accounts of creation, the fall of man, and the one judgement upon the earth known as the worldwide flood that destroyed all that lived except those God set aside on the ark.
Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:9: And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Job 26:7: He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Psalms 90:2: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Romans 1:20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Hebrews 1:2: Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Hebrews 3:4: For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Genesis 2:21: And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Genesis 2:23: And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Genesis 3:6: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 2:16-17: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Genesis 3:6: And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 3:13: And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:14: And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Genesis 3:17: And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Genesis 3:23: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Romans 5:12: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
One World Flood
Genesis 6:18: But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
I Peter 3:20: Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
II Peter 2:5: And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
The Power of One Salvation
Nowhere is “one” more meaningful and more profound in the life of a human than what transpires when God set a path for redemption. That we could be reconciled unto God is the ultimate show of love He has bestowed on us.
One Begotten Son
Matthew 1:23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
John 1:18: No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I John 4:9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Isaiah 43:3: For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
Matthew 18:11: For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Luke 1:47: And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luke 2:11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
John 3:17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved
Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Ephesians 2:1: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
I John 2:2: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
I John 4:14: And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
Psalms 31:5: Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
John 1:17: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 15:26: But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
II Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
John 10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:21: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 16:31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
I John 5:12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Psalms 71:5: For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
Acts 26:6: And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
Romans 5:2: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 8:24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Romans 15:13: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Titus 2:13: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Matthew 25:46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
John 10:28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
II Corinthians 5:1: For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Titus 1:2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Titus 3:7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
I John 2:25: And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
Revelation 20:10: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 22:5: And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
The Power of One Soul Winner
Each Christian has found their path to the Savior and is redeemed for all eternity. But we have a duty to share the Gospel with others so they may also be led to salvation. We are not to hide our light under a bushel but to let it shine so all can see.
Matthew 16:18: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Acts 2:47: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Acts 20:28: Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Ephesians 5:23: For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ephesians 5:25: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
I Chronicles 16:24: Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
Daniel 12:3: And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:29: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Acts 1:8: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
One Soul at a Time
Matthew 18:13: And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Luke 15:7: I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Luke 15:10: Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Luke 15:24: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Proverbs 11:30: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
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