And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
The Doctrine Of Two
On the sixth day of creation God created two beings: a man and a woman. He put them in a garden with two trees in its midst. The first law given to man was a two-fold commandment of life and death. Faced with the temptation of Satan Adam and Eve rejected God. Two sons are born to the first couple who represent the struggle of right and wrong. Two sacrifices were given but only one was accepted. Two brothers struggled and the evil one murdered the other. Two generations of people emerged called the sons of God and daughters of men. The flood destroyed all mankind but still the struggle of the two laws remained: righteousness and unrighteousness.
Two people would emerge from the ruins of the early world: the seed of Abraham would be known as the Jews in a world filled with Gentiles. Two laws would be experimented upon to show the power of God’s grace. The Gentiles lived as a law to themselves and the Jews lived under a written law. The two would fail. Salvation could only be found in the one – Jesus Christ. Two people still abound today as Jew and Gentile but all men are one and need the blood of Christ.
Jesus taught the lesson of two in the sermon on the mountain. We must serve God or mammon but not both. There are two places to lay up life’s treasures: earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in or in heaven where there is eternal security. The spirit of man is either an eye filled with light or an eye filled with darkness. A vital teaching of Jesus is showing there are only two paths man will walk: he will either walk in the narrow and difficult way leading to salvation or the wide way leading to destruction. Two groups of people follow these two paths and the majority follows the broad way. Jesus affirms this truth when He says that there are two kinds of people: those who do the will of the Father and those who do not. There are two types of builders in life: those who hear the words of the Lord and follow His command are likened to a wise man building his house on a rock and those who hear the words of God refusing to obey who are likened to a fool building his house on the sand.
Two. It is not much in the numerical system. It follows number one and that is the lesson. There is only one way, one truth and one life. There is one body and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all and one choice. Two is the choice we have to make about the one: yes or no. Life is not about number three or four and five or any other number. It is the TWO choices we have about the ONE. There is life and there is death. There is Heaven and there is Hell. Two decisions. One answer. Think about this on this day – TWODAY – (sounds a little like Tuesday).