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Monday, October 29th, '18

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ONE FLESH, ONE SOUL, ONE SPIRIT

"...and the two shall become one flesh" (Matthew 19:5)

"...and Jonathan loved him as his own soul" (1 Samuel 18:1)

"But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:17)

 

Starry-eyed Cupid-struck gals have a mistaken notion that the "one flesh" promise of marriage means that two lovers start thinking, looking and acting alike, agreeing on everything from how to run the checkbook to what color wallpaper to buy, but they need to reread the verse. The two shall become one "flesh". Flesh is earth-level, body parts and nerve endings. That is physical, sacred before God indeed, binding as to covenant, and the most intimate relationship two people can share in the natural, but it comes up short because it is merely biological. Coupling prayer and inviting God into the bedroom takes it to a spiritual level, "a threefold cord is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12). If God remains the third thread it is never broken!  "One flesh" however is inferior because it doesn't require sacrifice, even love for that matter. Paul questioned, "What! Know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh" (1 Corinthians 6:16). Be careful who you hook up with.

 

Obviously then there is a higher connection. It may include physical intimacy (married) but can also operate behind defined boundaries (friends). The "soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul" (text). There was nothing off-color in this friendship; don't even go there. Two shipmates had become soul-mates. The bond was emotional. The two were "knit" together, far greater than "joined" together as it said in the Corinthian text just cited. What is "joined" can craftily be disjoined; ask any lawyer. But there is no word for "un-knit". When two are knitted together it is permanent unless there is a painful ripping in the relationship. This is the unity sought in the church, "being knit together in love" (Colossians 2:2). Stitch by stitch the Holy Spirit intertwines the fabric to make a seamless whole. A healthy marriage moves to this second level, from chemistry to commitment, and discovers passion in every facet of home-life, not just the honeymoon.

 

But don't stop there. The Tabernacle had three courts. While discussing courting we should go on to the furthest court, the Holy of Holies...body then soul then spirit. "He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit". This moves beyond feeling to one's very core being. At the first level two might lock horns, second level they might lock hands, but at this third level we lock hearts. Idealistically we can only know this level of intimacy with the Lord Himself, but if we all share that same Spirit, why can we not also be "one spirit" with one another? We can. "Fulfill my joy, that you be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind" (Philippians 2:2). As different appendages of the body work in perfect harmony because all are nourished by the same blood and led by the same Head, we too can walk in one flesh, one soul and one spirit communion. The first level may initially reflect eros, passionate Adam and Eve-style love, the second, phila, brotherly love, but the third and highest is agape, God's supernatural love. A marriage can and should possess all three and that is what the starry-eyed gal at the beginning of this message so desired. Make it a matter or prayer. Ask God to soften your heart. See your partner with the innocence which Jonathan viewed David and be ready to bolster and encourage the other in every way humanly possible. Then become a conduit for God's love, "because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" (Romans 5:5). A deeper level will harvest a deeper love.


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