Topic: The Mystery of Two becoming One (Part 1)
Glory be to God for seeing you through the first half of this New Dawn Year. You would agree with me that God has been unveiling fresh revelations that have impacted your marriage, family and life since the year began. To Him alone be all the praise forever!
We will be exploring another exciting subject this month and I would request that you pay rapt attention to every detail of this teaching series, to get the most out of it. This week, I shall be teaching on the topic: The Mystery of Two Becoming One.
Marriage is a mystery! As a heavenly arithmetic of 1 + 1 = 1; it entails the fusing of two different persons, from different family backgrounds and upbringings, to becoming one unstoppable force. This union is not ordained to bring you down, neither is it a necessary evil like some people call it, but is ordained for your lifting, promotions and easy accomplishment of your desired successes. As it is written: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour (Ecclesiastes 4:9).
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.
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 one to two.
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 develops this concept by teaching that ‘husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no-one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it’ (Ephesians 5:28–29). 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 envelope 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 does 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 fully to 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 nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). He will remain faithful to His promises even although 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. The Word of God says, And Adam 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.
If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: 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 now born again and 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.