Two Become One

13 Jul


  • The loneliest number (according to Three Dog Night!)
  • Indicates the leader in a contest (We’re #1!)
  • Indicates choice of someone/something above all others (the “One”)
  • Singular of purpose
  • A word used for intimacy
  • A word to describe what happens when two people marry…They become one.


One is a very important word in God’s vocabulary when it comes to marriage. Several times in scripture He uses this word when describing the relationship between a man and a woman with a specific purpose in mind – to display to the world the relationship Christ has with the Church. He desires to be glorified through the oneness of marriage. In other words, He wants people to look at the way a married couple acts toward one another and say, “That looks like God,” or “That looks like something God would do. We want to know more!”


In Genesis 2:18-25 God gave Adam the “leave and cleave” principle. A man is to intentionally leave father and mother in order to be “stuck like glue” to his wife. Then when people observe this marriage, they won’t just see two individual units, but two acting in harmony as one, who are better together than apart. Such a couple mirrors through leadership, submission, and their love and concern for one another, the dependence they have upon Christ as well as one another. Their relationship explains the “mystery” spoken of in Ephesians 5:32 by giving a living example of Christ’s treatment of His Church and how the Church in kind responds to Him. 


God also wants to picture covenant commitment in marriage. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 speaks of the benefits of two over one. Two people on the same team can accomplish much more together than apart. They experience mutual support, encouragement, and protection from elements and enemies as the two of them join forces.


But even as good as two are together, a third element is needed to make this team almost indestructible, something “not quickly torn apart.” As both parties seek to depend on Christ to guide them in this relationship of oneness, He works in, with, for, and through them to complete the picture. He enables such a couple to do what they could not do for themselves – be one for the glory of God.


For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)


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