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Two Shall Be One Flesh

What is meant by "they two shall be one flesh" in Ephesians 5:31?

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One man, one woman in marriage will begin to merge in their ways and thinking. They symbolically become one person. This happens after many years of marriage sometimes. But mostly it means you and your spouse begins to think alike and come into agreement with each other. What he says, she accepts willingly, and agrees with it. Vice versa. Sometimes they even begin to look alike.They are as one person in all of their ways and actions. That is the golden cord that is not easily broken. That is spoken of in Ecclesiastes. True and lasting love.
---Robyn on 12/1/10

The two become one. Male and female He created them. Female did not come out of female, but from the rib of man
---tonne on 9/29/10

Alan, I understand perfectly and feel your loss,Like I said I was just runnin' off at the mouth, not to nit-pic, it's just that your wording seemed a little strange to me!
Losing a partner or any loved one is not something "you get over" it's something you deal with, and carry on! Agape
---1st_cliff on 9/25/10

Frank, I believe the context to those passages gives us the clue what is meant by "the two shall be one flesh"
It begans in verse 28,29 of Eph. 5. "For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the Church." And He says, "for this reason"
The Lord provides for His Church because it is so intimately and inseparably connected to Him. If He did not care for His Church, He would be diminishing His own glory which the Church brings to Him by praise and obedience. So, in marriage, the husband's life is so intimately joined to the wife's that they are one. When he cares for her, he cares for himself (v.29).
---MarkV. on 9/25/10

Cliff ... Had you lost your wife, I think you would understand better.

Just the other day, a friend came to help with my garden. Together we managed to lift out some plants from my pond, which one person could not have done. While one made the tea, the other could continue to work. We encouraged each other to continue, when one alone would have stopped. We gave each other ideas.

And how much better if it had been the partner I loved.

When my wife died ... I lost not only her, but part of myself as well.
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/25/10

Alan, Your logic seems a little strange here,although I understand your reasoning.
**there are three of you**
There's never 3 only 2 acting in concert like a 3rd person.
How do you get 3 times as much?
1 produces 1 time
2 produce twice as much.
3 times??? maybe it just seems like 3?
Sometimes I have to say to my wife "If you want to help..don't help"!

I'm not being controversial, just runnin' at the lip!
---1st_cliff on 9/24/10

When a man and a woman consummate their marriage by having relations, they become one flesh and God sees them as such.

God sees the husband as the husband is the head of the household. That's why when Eve took and ate of the fruit, God called out for ADAM...where art THOU?

God didn't call out for EVE and say, Where art thou?

He went after the head of the household. And Adam and Eve were one flesh assuming they were having relations in the garden.
---Donna5535 on 9/23/10

Both in sexual intercouse and in life goals.
Financial, spiritual, and otherwise
---francis on 9/23/10

One feature of this, which as I widower I really notice, is that when you're married, there are three of you ... the two individuals, and the third joint person.

When gardening or doing any task, it you both do it together, you get three times as much as just one of you would get.

Cluny is right, but there's much more to it than that.
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/23/10

In a marriage covenant - you are two people before you get married, then you become one in heart, vision, and mind when you get married. Everything you are and have, the other person becomes and has, and vice-versa. This is why women take on the man's last name. It is no longer you individually, but now is you as a unit (team). This is what is meant by two becomming one. We in Western culture do not get this, because we do not understand covenant. Other cultures get it, because they understand covenant. This is also why divorce is so promanant in Western culture, but is rare in other cultures.
---Leslie on 9/23/10

It's talking about the significance of sexual intercourse.
---Cluny on 9/23/10

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