The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of how to put love into action - is slightly more external, giving love a way to express itself.
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing that inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That love is one, whole and complete in itself, and Jehovah also is one, a name applied only to the Lord. Wisdom, however, is expressed in a great variety of thoughts and ideas, what the Writings collectively call divine truth. There are also many imaginary gods, and sometimes angels and people can be called gods (the Lord said Moses would be as a god to Aaron). So when the Bible calls the Lord "God," it is in most cases referring to divine truth.
In other cases, "God" has reference to what is called the divine human. The case there is this:
As human beings, we cannot engage the Lord directly as divine love. It is too powerful and too pure. Instead, we have to approach Him by understanding Him through divine truth. Divine truth, then, is the Lord in human form, a form we can approach and understand. Thus "God" is also used in reference to this human aspect, because it is an expression of truth.
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A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They all do different things – but if they’re doing them with a shared underlying purpose, the company – and the individuals in it – will likely be successful.
The Lord wants all human society to function in a similar way. We have different skills and individual loves, but if we all share a mutual love – a love of serving others – then society will function as one, will be a reflection of heaven and will be a good receptacle for the Lord’s love. This can also happen within each of us, as we unify our talents and ideas around a central love. And in an abstract sense, it illustrates how a wide collection of varying ideas can be unified around a shared good intention.
That is the kind of love pictured when “one” is used in the Bible, either as a specific number or in the sense of several people or objects “being one.”
In more casual references – when used to identify a specific person or object – the meaning is relatively literal, and is connected to that person or object.