It all happens in threes, naturally. Have you ever thought about this?
- The divisions of time: past- present- future
- The three types of matter: animal, vegetable, mineral
- The three states of matter: liquid- gas- solid
- The three dimensions: height- width- depth
- The triune God: Father- Son- Holy Spirit
- The three God attributes: omniscient, omnipresence, omnipotence
- The sum of human ability: thought, word, deed
- The (smallest) family unit: father- mother- child
- Man himself: spirit- soul- body
When Satan appeared to tempt Christ (Matthew 4: 1-11), he did so on all three levels:
- physical nature/body: “Command these stones to be made bread..” (vs. 3-4)
- spiritual nature/faith: “if thou be the Son..” (vs. 5-7)
- soul nature/vain glory (defying God Himself): “All this I will give you..” (vs. 8-10)
A parallel can be found in the Genesis account of the fall of man (Genesis 3: 1-7) when Satan tempted Eve:
- physical nature/body: “Ye shall not eat of every tree..” (vs. 1)
- spiritual nature/faith, introducing doubt: “Ye shall not surely die..” (vs. 4)
- soul nature/vain glory: “Ye shall be as gods..” (vs. 5)
But anyway, I digress. There is so much more to be said and discussed in relation to the(se) temptations, which I shall do in another post. What I have tried to establish, however, was the fact that..
The three dimensions exist wherever you look!
Human relationships too work on all three levels.
A friend of mine and I spoke about his relationship, and at some point I said, “You both have an awesome foundation: you are both believers and friends. It doesn’t get much better than that.” Little did I realize the depth and truth of that statement.
We all know (of) people who seem to be in unhealthy and/or unstable relationships and wonder why they don’t just count their losses and move on. We’ve also all seen couples that started off really well but then seemed to be falling apart due to the circumstances of life. Or we have perhaps had to do with couples who seemed “perfect for each other” but once married, found themselves “strangers”.
Whatever the case may be or have been, we’ve seen couples fall out. The question remains, Why? Well, I have found the “secret” to this ancient question and have decided to share it with you. It really is not that complicated.
Usually, when people hear a cord of three strands in relation to couples, love, marriage, they believe one strand to each stand for husband, wife, and God. I believe it is a bit different, and much deeper than that.
Let’s have another look at numbers:
While #1 symbolizes unity, and #2 duality, #3 symbolizes harmony. 3 merges 2 to create a new identity, one that harmoniously includes two opposites. The number “3”is used to mediate between two opposing or contradictory values. The third value mediates, reconciles, and connects the two.
Human relationships are always “a coming together of two unique and inherently different personalities”; there will be differences, there will be clashes. Love alone will not make it work; neither will the fact that you are both believers, or even good friends. So what will, you ask? Well, it naturally follows that there are three ingredients necessary for a lasting and enjoyable successful marriage. Husband and wife must be:
- Lovers (attracted to each other physically)
- Soul-mates (understand each other intimately)
- Believers (connect to God spiritually)
Tamper with any of these three, and you will have problems!
- A Cord of Three Strands I: One Flesh
- A Cord of Three Strands II: Soul Mates
- A Cord of Three Strands III: The Spirit-Connection