Team Two+ (Alone Is A Lie)

Humanity was never meant to do life alone. The Christian God is even observed as being three in one, perfect unity of God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

Alone is hard. We were never meant to be alone, that is a fabrication of The Father of Lies. Alone? Who is truly alone? Nobody. 
Ever heard the saying, "One is the loneliest number?" A person might experience loneliness - isolation through something like rejection, but nobody is ever alone. All of creation can be sure of one thing, there is No Privacy. God is everywhere, sees everything and knows all. 

However, God is more than a perceiver, He is a participator. God blessed us with a relationship with Him and each other. 

God is the one who has been with humanity from the beginning and stated that of all things that He created that was good, what was not good was that the man, Adam, was one of a kind. God made Adam, walked with him and charged him with certain responsibilities. So, God and Adam were a team for a while in the beginning, but Adam had nobody of his kind. Then, "The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'" (Gen. 2:18)

The word "alone" in the original Hebrew, bad, means properly separated; by implication a part of the body, branch of a tree. Adam became a third of the equation (he, God and Eve), a point on the perfect relationship triangle that mirrored The Holy Trinity. God took a rib from Adam, formed woman and brought Eve to Adam who now completed the other side of him; who was now not alone in kind.

When relying on each other to keep loneliness at bay there is always room for improvement. We can partner with someone or multiple people, then we will have made a great start at keeping loneliness and all its friends like depression - away.

The entertainment world in our culture has supplied us with great examples of this great pairing of individuals the likes of - 
  1. Batman and Robin, 
  2. Obi-wan and Luke, 
  3. Han and Chewbacca, 
  4. Abbot and Costello, 
  5. Sunny and Share, 
  6. Bo and Luke Duke, 
  7. Simon and Simon, 
  8. Donny and Marie Osmond and
  9. The Wonder Twins
These make a great pair because they complement each other. 

Examples of other dynamic duos or intimate groups but that are found in Scripture are - 
  1. God and Adam, 
  2. Adam and Eve, 
  3. Enoch and God, 
  4. Noah and God, 
  5. Joseph and God, 
  6. Moses and Aaron, 
  7. Moses and Joshua, 
  8. Mordecai and Esther, 
  9. David and Johnathan, 
  10. Elijah and Elisha, 
  11. Paul and Silas, 
  12. Priscilla and Aquila
  13. Paul and Barnabas
  14. Paul and Timothy
  15. John the Baptist and Jesus
  16. The 72 that were sent out in pairs
  17. Daniel and Company (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego)
  18. Disciples
God does marvelous works with pairs. When speaking about the Two Witnesses to come in The Tribulation Period, Dr. David Jeremiah in his book, The Book of Signs, states -

"Another reason for sending two witnesses is to comply with the legal standards of Jewish law. At least two witnesses were required to establish the truth of a testimony: 'Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.' (Deut. 17:6). One witness may be mistaken or corrupted. But the corroboration of two witnesses confirms the truth.

The Bible often records God using two witnesses to confirm a truth. Two angels testified to the woman at the tomb that Christ had risen. Two angels testified to the disciples that He had ascended. God has often paired people to perform His missions: Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Zerubbabel and Joshua, Peter and John, Paul and Silas, Timothy and Titus. Jesus sent out the apostles in pairs (Mark 6:7), as well as the seventy (Luke 10:1). These two witnesses will confirm God's message of judgment and His call to repentance with their perfect meshing testimony." (p.303)

Right now there is a pairing, a supernatural marriage of the The Holy Spirit with those who choose to believe in Christ as their Savior. Corporately, The Scripture calls Christians - Christ's Bride. As His Bride, we are betrothed to Him and His Holy Spirit is our seal upon our lives that the dowry has been paid in full. After Jesus returns to Rapture His Bride away, the two of us will have a wedding and wedding banquet that has no rival. At this joining, God the Father will not have to say, "What I have brought together, let no person separate." - for we, Christ and His Bride, shall be The Ultimate Pair.

There are pieces from each of these Biblical relationships that I hope I have and/or will attain in close relationships of my own. There is strength in numbers. A small or large group of friends can be a great support group in times of struggle and an awesome assembly to celebrate the victories with too.

Paul strongly admonishes Timothy and any believer with blood family - "Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (1Timothy 5:8) Then in Galatians 6:10, Paul speaks about the believer's spiritual family when he says, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." There is great difficulty in being alone and experiencing isolation or loneliness when at the same time one is tending/caring for the needs of his/her blood or spiritual families.

Not that solitary moments are not healthy for us now and then. Our own personal time balanced with our precious relationships are a must for a healthy us. Jesus exercised this personal time and even then He was never alone and neither are we.

There is so much to be found and benefited from in a Christian partnership or friendship. God as the center of your relationship is paramount but the list continues from there with things like accountability, encouragement, humor, joy, prayer, possibly monetary or physical support and so forth. And when we can depend on each other, then we can begin to reach others more effectively. Solo-ism dies and Team Two+ arrives.

God is not only with us from the beginning, globally surrounding us with His presence, but He creates us for relationship and fills our life with relationships, with the opportunity of more relationships to come. There is no escaping God's presence, we were meant to harmoniously commune with Him and each other and know that Alone Is A Lie.