No Longer Two But One (Part 1) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: No Longer Two But One (Part 1)
You are welcome to another glorious month. All through this month, I shall be exploring the topic: No longer two but one. Marriage is a mystery of two people becoming one. Having a successful home is God’s will for you. So, whether you are married or intending to get married soon, knowing this truth today will help you a great deal to work towards a successful home. God is the Almighty Programmer of marriage; hence, He had created all that it would take to make it glorious. Man on his own part needs to abide by God’s principle and implement His plan. God has programmed marriage to be two in one. It is a heavenly arithmetic of 1 + 1 = 1.
In God’s own arithmetic, two people alone make a home. A home is formed at the coming together of only two, not more. The Word of God says: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh (Mark 10:7-8). The coming together of man and woman in marriage is a spiritual conversion from two to one.
Quoting the verse in Genesis, Jesus says: ‘the two will become one flesh’ and draws the following conclusion, ‘So they are no longer two, but one.’ The man and woman who enter into the marriage bond become one flesh and are no longer two, but one entity. Apostle Paul developed this concept by teaching that: …husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body, but feeds and cares for it… (Ephesians 5:28–29 NLT). Paul is saying that a wife is actually a part of her husband’s body—she is of his flesh and blood. He illustrates this mystery by revealing a profound truth that when a man loves his wife, he loves himself for she is a part of him. It follows that when a man hates his wife, he hates his own body. Paul then quotes Genesis 2:24: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh, acknowledging that it is a mystery.
See this testimony:
“I have been married for 12 years, but my marriage was in shambles. My family rejected me because I refused to divorce my husband. At a time, I developed psychosomatic problems, but I still held on. Each time my family complained, I always told them that God makes all things beautiful in His time, and that my marriage would be okay.
When Bishop David Oyedepo spoke on the Ark Bearer’s Sacrifice in one of the services, I did not have anything to give, because I had lost my job for a year as a nurse. I sat down and wept. I asked God what I would give in order to be a partaker of His blessings. And the Holy Spirit said to me, ‘How about your wedding ring?’ I said, ‘God this is the only valuable thing I have left in my life, and what will I tell my husband?’
Subsequently, I came to the church, and in tears removed the ring and put it in an envelop and said, ‘God, as I put in this ring, I want You to restore my marriage and give me a job.’ After I dropped it, I discovered that the depression I felt before then left; I was so happy! When I got home, I was ready for another confrontation from my husband, who never went to church. All he did was to sit with his bottle. But when I entered the room, he said, ‘Honey welcome! How was church and your Bishop?’ I was surprised! He said, ‘My darling wife, you look tired. Go and take your bath, I have prepared food for you to eat.’ I did not believe it! I thought it was a trick. I went into the kitchen and discovered he had prepared stew with chicken. Still in doubt, I went ahead and took my bath. When I came out from the bathroom, he said I should bring the food into the bedroom. I watched him in surprise as we ate.
He asked if I was surprised, and told me that while I was in church, he lay down to watch the television, and suddenly heard a voice audibly call him and say, ‘Sit up! What have you done with your marriage? Set your home right.’ That made him go on his knees, weeping, and he told God he was sorry. That was the beginning of good things. I never knew marriage could be so blissful!” – Agbetiku, U.
There is something so deep and wonderful in the marriage bond that you need spiritual insight to fully understand its divine significance. The union of husband and wife is used in the Scriptures as a symbol of the unity between Christ and His Church; Christ is the bridegroom and the Church is His bride. Paul says that the Church is a part of Christ; we are members of the body of Christ and Christ is the head of the Church. In the same way, the wife is part of the body of her husband. This union between Christ and His Church is based on the covenant promise, sealed in His blood, that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). He will remain faithful to His promises even though we are faithless.
In God’s eyes, husband and his wife are one flesh. This must be the reason why Adam, when he first saw his wife 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 2:23). One man and one woman in a marriage relationship equal one flesh. This is God’s arithmetic! This is referring to a fusion of husband and wife, two distinct elements into one.
To access God’s glorious plan for your marriage, you must have a genuine connection with Him. This begins by being born again. This means accepting Jesus as the Lord and personal Saviour of your life. If you desire to surrender and be born again, say this simple prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily; obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 or 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.