No Longer Two But One (Part 2) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: No Longer Two But One (Part 2)
Last week, I explained to you the mystery of two becoming one. Today, I want to show you another mystery of ‘two people one life’. The mystery of ‘two people one life’ is that the bride shares the husband’s life. Two separate individuals are brought together and they live one life. They should not both be going their separate ways within marriage, but both should be submitting themselves one to the other in the fear of God, the husband loving the wife as his own flesh and the wife submitting to her husband. The Word of God says: Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21). Just as Christ gave Himself to the Church, so also husband should be able to share his life with his wife. The Word of God says: …Christ, who is our life… (Colossians 3:4). The church and Christ are not two but one, for we are members of His body, flesh of His bones, sharers of His life.
When the bride marries a husband, she takes his name. He bestows his name on her and they share the same life and the same name. The same way a person when converted takes the name of Christ and becomes a member of the true church, being called a Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ bestows His own name on the church.
The bride also shares the husband’s dignity and position in life. It doesn’t matter who the bride was before the marriage; the moment she enters the marriage relationship, she becomes one with her husband. The church was as a woman forsaken, but now is the bride of Christ. The church shares His dignity. Our Lord said in John 17:22-23: And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou has loved me. It is an astonishing thing that God the Father loves us just as He loves His Son. The Word of God says: But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7). He has bedecked the church with His glory and His dignity. In human marriage, the two shall be one flesh, having a shared life, name, glory and dignity.
See this testimony:
“My husband left me for another woman for seven years. In that process, I joined this Commission and became born again. I did not know what to do, since I had two children to cater for. However, I strengthened my relationship with God.
As Shiloh drew near, Bishop David Oyedepo told everyone to come to Shiloh with an expectation. I went with the expectation to find my husband and return to him. God answered my prayer on the last day of the programme. As I was about going out of the gate, he was as surprised as I was to see him there. He took me aside and told me all his problems. I asked if he had given his life to Christ, and he said, ‘Yes’. He confessed that he had married two women, who both divorced him when he lost his job. He had been praying that God would bring me back. To the glory of God, we are back together as husband and wife again. Indeed, Shiloh is a place of encounter!”
The bride’s whole life is in the husband. There is a unity and oneness in the relationship. Marriage is to be an illustration of the apostle’s teaching about love in 1 Corinthians 13. The greatest advertisement for the power of the gospel is the Christian home, and that which will commend the gospel to this decadent age is the Christian marriage, and that is why satan is attacking it with relentless force. We need to prayerfully sit down and take out the Word of God and put our marriages right.
To fulfil God’s purpose for your marriage, the first step is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you want to be born again, you need to say this prayer: 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.