One flesh means that we must regard our
partner’s desires as our own. God made
Adam’s wife, Eve, from Adam’s flesh. Though
they were distinct individuals, they came from
one flesh physically and returned to one flesh
spiritually in their union as man and wife.
Every marriage is a re-union of a man and a
woman as one flesh. Every marriage is a
testimony to the Beginning, to what God
originally intended when he took Eve out of
Adam and gave her back to him as his wife.
This is why Jesus said, “A man shall leave
his mother…and cleave to his wife and the two
shall become one flesh.” (Matthew 19:5, NIV)
One flesh means that he must see her needs
as his needs, and that she must see his needs
as hers. Paul has one flesh in mind when he
tells husbands and wives why they are
obligated to fulfill each other’s sexual needs:
“The wife hath not power of her own body, but
the husband: and likewise also the husband
hath not power of his own body, but the wife.” (I
Cor. 7:4, KJV).