Two Becoming One

In my bachelor days, I was living proof of the Lord’s proclamation, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). I have found a wonderful helper in my wife; many men can say the same thing about their wives. Marriage was a part of God’s plan for man from the very beginning. Though a select few are able to use their gift of singleness to the glory of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 7:7), many others find fulfillment and blessing in the gift of marriage. Marriage allows two to become one (Genesis 2:24), offering man the greatest opportunity to experience heaven on earth, as heaven is a place of perfect oneness (John 17:22-23).

The opportunity and blessings offered by marriage have not gone unnoticed by Satan. The Old Testament demonstrates how Satan used polygamy, adultery, and a host of sinful behaviors to attempt to destroy marriage. In the days of Jesus, the image of marriage for many had become so warped that some Jews believed Moses authorized divorce for any reason. Jesus cited Genesis 2 to declare God’s original intentions for marriage: one man, one woman, and one lifetime together with but one exception that would allow one person innocent of sexual sin to remarry (Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12; cf. Romans 7:1-3). He said that the two that had become one flesh by the will of God should not be separated by the will of men (Matthew 19:6; Mark 10:8-9).

The powerful proclamation of two becoming one flesh in Genesis is revisited twice more in the New Testament.  Paul first used the phrase when discussing the sad fact that some in Corinth were taking what belonged only in marriage and bringing it outside of marriage through prostitution (1 Corinthians 6:16). Prostitution (or any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage) is wrong for both married and unmarried alike for many reasons. In light of the concept of two becoming one flesh, Paul notes that it keeps people from becoming spiritually one with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:15-20).

The second New Testament usage presents a contrast with the first and reveals both God’s intentions for marriage and the beauty of the picture He created in instituting it. God’s plan for marriage was and is to provide an opportunity for man to experience heaven on earth, because a pure marriage relationship mirrors the relationship that Jesus has with His church (Ephesians 5:22-33). Two ought to become one physically and emotionally only in marriage; two can become one spiritually only by uniting themselves with Jesus by being added to His church (Ephesians 5:25; cf. Acts 2:47).

As Satan has succeeded in using sin to destroy the intimacy of marriage, he has succeeded in using sin to destroy the intimacy between God and man found in the church. Jesus is accused of polygamy every time people claim He is united with a multiplicity of divided churches rather than the one body that is His church (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4). Followers of Jesus commit adultery against Him when they seek to be united with the world (James 4:4). They seek divorce when turn from Him back to the pollutions of the world (2 Peter 2:20-22).  

Christians, let’s make it our mission to uphold the beauty of two becoming one found only in marriage (cf. Hebrews 13:4) as well as the beauty of spiritual oneness with Jesus found only in His church.
-Patrick Swayne  
patrick@tftw.org
Posted in ,

Recent

Archive

 2023

Categories

Tags

1 Corinthians 12 1 Corinthians 14:15 1 Corinthians 14 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 1 Corinthians 7 1 Peter 1:6-12 1 Peter 2:9 1 Peter 3 1 Peter 5:6-7 1 Peter 1 Samuel 4 1 Thessalonians 5:18 1 Timothy 4:1-3 2 Corinthians 6 2 John 1:9 2 John 9 2 Kings 2 Peter 2 2 Peter 3 2 Peter 2 Samuel Abel Abraham Absalom Acts 17 Acts 19 Acts 2 Acts 8 Acts Alcohol Alleged Contradictions Apostles Ark of the Covenant Attitude Authority Autonomy Autumn Balance Baptismal Regeneration Baptism Barnabas Benevolence Bible Contradictions Bible Questions and Answers Bible Study Bible Biblical Interpretation Bishop Body of Christ Borrowing Broad Way Cain and Abel Cain Calvinism Catholicism Catholic Celibacy Challenges Children Christian Living Christmas Church Funds Church Leadership Church Membership Church of Christ Church Circumspection Citations Citizenship Colossians 3:16 Communication Communion Community Confidence Congregations Contend for the Faith Contentment Covetousness Creation Credit Current Events Dating David Debt Forgivness Deconstruction Degrees of Punishment Deity Deliverance Denominationalism Devil Difference Different Discipleship Divine Nature Doctrine Dragon Drinking Easter Ecclesiastes 7:10 Ecclesia Eldership Elders Elder Elijah Elisha Encouragement Enoch Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 5:15 Ephesians 5:16 Ephesians 5:18 Ephesians 5:19 Ephesians 5:5 Ephesians 5 Esther 4:14 Evangelism Ezekiel 36 Ezekiel 6 Faith Alone Faith Only Faithfulness Faith Fall False Teachers False Teaching Fathers Fear Feeding of the 5000 Fornication Free Will Fundamentals Galatians 4:9-10 Gender Roles Generosity Genesis 22 Genesis 4 Genesis Gift of Tongues Gifts Giving Godhead Godhood God Gospel Meeting Gospel Grace Gratitude Greater Sin Greed Grief Grieving Hallelujah Praise Jehovah Hallelujah Hebrews 13:4 Help Hermeneutics Holidays Holy Spirit's Deity Husbands Hymns Hypotheticals Idolatry Imperatives Influence Insomnia Instrumental Music Instruments in Worship Intertextuality Isaac Isaiah 2 Isaiah 6 James 1:19 James 1:27 James 1 James Jehovah Witnesses Jehovah Jerome Jesus Temptation Jesus' Deity Jesus\' Deity Jesus Job John 11 John 19:11 John 4:24 John Calvin John the Baptist Jude 1:11 Jude 3 Jude Judgement Judging Judgment Kindness Lamb of God Lamech Lazarus Leadership Leaven Lemuel Lending Levites Limited Atonement Living Sacrifice Local Church Lord's Supper Luke 1:28 Luke 5:1-11 Mariolatry Mark 1:12-13 Mark Marriage Martin Luther Mary Matthew 5:13-16 Matthew 5:3-12 Matthew 5 Matthew 7:13-14 Matthew 7:1 Melchizedek Men's Business Meeting Men\'s Business Meeting Men\\\'s Business Meeting Men Metaphors Minor Prophets Miracles Miraculous Gifts Money Mormonism Mothers Mount of Olives Mountain of the Lord's House Mountains of Israel Mountains Murder Music Mutual Submission Narrow Gate Narrow Way No Elders Non-Denominational Olive Trees Olives Olivet Olive Once Saved Always Saved Parenting Pastor Patience Patriarchs Pattern Paul Peace Pentecostalism Persecution Perseverence Perspective Philippians 3:20 Philippians 4:6 Plagiarism Poetic Language Politics Prayer Praying to Saints Praying Pray Preacher Preaching Priesthood Priests Proverbs 31:6 Proverbs Providence Psalm 148 Quotations Reader Response Redeeming the Time Relationships Relationship Religion Religious Pluralism Religious Syncretism Remission of Sins Restoration Movement Restoration Revelation 12:9 Riches Roman Catholic Church Romans 12:1-8 Romans 12:10 Romans 12:15 Romans 12:1 Romans 12 Sacrifice Saints Only Salvation Satan Scarecrows Sermon on the Mount Serving Others Sexual Sin Silence of the Scriptures Singing Sin Sleep Sobriety Song Studies Sons Sovereignty of God Spending Spirit and Truth Spiritual Death Spiritual Gifts Spiritual Leadership Stephen Straight Gate Stress Student Debt Submission Suffering Temptations Thankfulness The Beatitudes The Problem of Pain and Suffering The Problem of Suffering The Way of Cain The Way Tongue Speaking Total Hereditary Depravity Tradition Trials Trinity Types and Antitypes Uncleanness Unconditional Election Understanding Unity Unknown Tongue Vulgate Wealth Wide Gate William Kirkpatrick Wives Women in the Church Women's Roles Word Study Work Worship Zechariah clergy death sickness