The Two Shall Become One

Marriage is an institution that's been around since the very beginning.

Adam and Eve were married, although not in the traditional way we think of marriage. God joined them together and they became one. No ceremony, no pastor, no license.

Marriage was given as a representation of what God intended for His Church. Humans becoming one with God.

Yes, God is not out there somewhere. He is right here, right now. When we accept His gift of grace through Christ, we become one with Him.

Just like the couples who unite in marriage become one, the Church, which means the people, become one with God. We aren't talking about a building, but those who unite with God through faith in Christ. The true Church is not a building made by hands, but those of us who have had the old sin nature crucified with Christ. We have been raised up with Him as new creatures, and are now one with Him.

God isn't up in heaven sitting on a big throne looking down on us. No, He is right here within us through the Spirit.

Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17 asking that we might be one just as He and the Father are one. Through the work Jesus did on the cross, we have become the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Christ lives within us and we have become one with God.

That doesn't mean we are God, but His Spirit is within us. The Kingdom of God is within us.

We should  focus each day on the fact the God is within us. We don't have to go somewhere and hope He shows up. We don't have to wait until we die to be with Him. He loves us and lives within us each and every day. We are living in the kingdom right now, daily in His presence.

In this world, it is by faith that we live the spiritual life, but when this earthly life is done, we will see naturally what is already taking place in the spirit.

Thank God for marriage and the joy we have in this world. Even better than that is the wonderful marriage between the Lamb of God and us, the Church, united as one.

Michael Donahoe is the contributor to Done with Religion, a blog he started in 2011. He is married to Betty and they have five grown children, along with thirteen grandchildren. His website contains various postings of living for God in non-religious ways. Having grown up in the institutional church, the way of grace has led Michael and Betty into a life with God outside the box of organized religion.  Although outside the four walls, we still love and accept our many brothers and sisters who attend traditional church.

Written By: Michael Donahoe

Michael Donahoe is the contributor to Done with Religion, a blog he started in 2011. He is married to Betty and they have five grown children, along with thirteen grandchildren. His website contains various postings of living for God in non-religious ways. Having grown up in the institutional church, the way of grace has led Michael and Betty into a life with God outside the box of organized religion.  Although outside the four walls, we still love and accept our many brothers and sisters who attend traditional church.