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Updated: Feb 24, 2022

One by Karl Kohlase song and lyrics.

In John 15:13-15, Jesus declares, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." This is one of the most widely quoted phrases concerning relationship with Jesus. If you follow my instructions, you are considered my pals. I no longer refer to you as servants, because a servant is not familiar with his master's affairs. Instead, I've referred to you as friends, since I've shared with you all I've learned from my Father and everything I've learned from you."

What Is The Definition Of One?

Solitary as opposed to two or more; consisting of a single unit or person; consisting of one full entity, item, or object rather than two or more. The fact that one or more of the following is a person, item, or individual instance of or member of a number of the following types, groups, or categories.

Reaching all four corners of the earth, this tree has grown

A canopy that's large enough for all

One undivided union with the Father and the Son

One Spirit and one hope to which we're called

There must be only one body

As there is only one Son

Praying to His God and Father

"Make them one"

One Lord, one faith, and one baptism

One God and Father of all

One Lord, one faith, and one baptism

One God who is over all

In peace, we tie the union with our brothers everywhere

In unity, we share the family meal

We break one loaf together and we have one cup to share

Which calls for every broken limb to heal

There must be only one body

As there is only one Son

Praying to His God and Father

"Make them one"

One Lord, one faith, and one baptism

One God and Father of all

One Lord, one faith, and one baptism

One God who is over all

Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit

We lay down our pride

In humility and gentleness, in patient endurance

May love... may love be our guide

One Lord, one faith, and one baptism

One God and Father of all

One Lord, one faith, and one baptism

One God who is over all

One God who is in all and through all and over us all

Words and Music by Karl Kohlhase

© 2000 karl kohlhase

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Story Behind This Song

(Read John 17:20; Ephesians 4: 1-6) "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all."

A paraphrase of this scripture from Ephesians chapter 4 serves as the basis for this song. Are we, as brothers and sisters, doing everything we can to maintain the oneness of the Spirit? We should be putting forth significant effort in this direction. Given that it was the subject of our Lord's prayer on the night of His betrayal, it appears that the Christian ecumenical movement is a subject that is extremely close to his heart.

In order "that they may be one, even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I am in Thee, that they may also be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me," Jesus says, "they must be one in the same way that Thou art in Me, and I must be in Thee."