God's answer to human need

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God's response to the human need for relationship was to provide a union of life between two people, one with another. This kind of union requires a deep, enduring commitment, both to God Himself and to each other. Remember, this kind of union is the total union of two lives on the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical levels.

This type of union will not come simply from getting married. There is a difference between "being united" and having "unity". When you get married, you may be united in purpose, but you are not necessarily in complete unity at that point. Let's have a look at the unity that God has in Himself.

Genesis 2:24

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh." (King James Authorised Version)

The word "one" is the same word used of God Himself in Deuteronomy 6:4 - "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord." It speaks of composite unity (made up of distinct parts) as opposed to absolute unity. The Bible reveals God as being "Father", "Son" and "Holy Spirit" but this doesn't mean that there are three "Gods". There is only the "one" God, who is triune.

This can be illustrated with the example of an equilateral triangle. The triangle may be placed on any side and the labels for "Father", "Son" and "Holy Spirit" moved to any position. It makes no difference for God is "one". God has a composite unity. For example, the "Holy Spirit" did not die for us on the cross. It was Jesus - the "Son" - who died.

The members of the trinity have different rôles, yet they are united - "one".