His yoke is the crucified Life.
Remember in Acts 15: when the Church met to settle the dispute? The disagreement was about what is required for salvation. Some were teaching that God requires some kind external religious demonstration. The issue was circumcision. But the Apostles taught that you are in the faith when you know Christ in you. Paul wrote,
“Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates?” 2 Cor. 13:5
The plain meaning is that you pass the test when you know Christ in you. But the darkened understanding can only see examining the flesh in these words. I am often surprised by how quickly the darkness of the natural mind can turn the focus of the gospel from Christ to self. It’s not really about the right interpretation. It is about the condition of the heart looking into the scriptures.
In Him we lose this mind.
During the counsel Peter stood and said, “Why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we had strength to bear? But through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we faith to be saved” Acts 15:10.
Peter used the word “yoke” to refer to the Law because it was a saying among the Pharisees: a man must take upon him “the yoke of the commandment.” This is written in the Mishna (Beracot, c. 2. sect. 2)
When Jesus said “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me,” (Mt.11:28-29) He was completely invalidating this darkened understanding of the Law.
Paul wrote the whole book of Romans to show us freedom in Christ. Jesus just said:
“Come unto Me,
Take My yoke upon you.”
Mans idea of the “yoke of the commandment” was God’s “to do” list for man and if we achieved it we could attain eternal Life. Jesus said that this mindset was false.
“You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have eternal life. And they are the ones that testify concerning Me. And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have Life” Jn 5:39-40
Today in christian religion it is still taught that the Bible is God’s “manual for living your life”.
Same false understanding.
It redirects the view of the heart from Christ to self. And you can find plenty of places where it seems like Jesus is agreed with this false interpretation.
Jesus said to the rich young ruler: “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, God! But if you desire to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Mt. 19:17
This man had not come to his end. Knowing that nothing of the first man was accepted by God Jesus was administering death.
In ministering death Jesus never relaxed the law. He made it even more strict because they spoke of Him and His Life.
Gods ultimate purpose was the destruction of our life so that we could be saved in His Life. There are plenty of places in the gospels where Jesus was saying “do it” to those who were not His disciples even when He knew they were unable, because up until the Resurrection, He was administering death.
Christ in you is the New Covenant. The New Testament is not the New Covenant. The scriptures testify of the New Covenant. The New Covenant began with the Resurrection. Jesus of Nazareth continued to minister death to those “outside” (Mark. 4:11) all through the gospels until the cross became the death of death.
Jesus said, “I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown thick
and with their ears they cannot hear,
and their eyes they have closed” Mt 13:14-15.
Lets look at more of Isaiah’s prophecy Isaiah saw The I AM and in seeing Him Isaiah was undone. And having been cleansed by fire Isaiah was told to,
“Declare the heart of this people thick. And its ears declare heavy, And its eyes declare dazzled, Lest it see with its eyes, And with its ears hear, and its heart consider, And it hath turned back, and hath health.’ And I say, `Till when, O YHWH?’ And He saith, `Surely till cities have been wasted without inhabitant, And houses without man, And the ground be wasted–a desolation” Isaiah 6:10-11
But why would Jesus tell them to do what He knew they couldn’t?
Because He was making a complete end of the first man.
Get this: All that is of man is torn down.
God tore down all men in Christ crucified so He could build up His Son. Only the Appearing of Christ can show our heart this end.
We all have an aversion to our destruction. It is called self preservation. People can only hear what they want to. Words and teachings change nothing. Only death completes the law. In His appearing we see He has brought a complete destruction of self.
Jesus fulfilled more then just the rituals of the Law. He has also the fulfilled all the commandment. If the Ten Commandments are to be fulfilled by you why did Paul say that the Commandments written in stone were brought to an end?
“Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end” 2Cor. 3:7
The death of Jesus Christ brought the ministry of death to an end. So Christ is in you so now you should be able to do it. Right?
It is just not about your external life.
“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.
Whenever you make the outward man object of the command you have turned from Christ. Then “the strength of sin is the law”.1 Cor 15:56.
Then why would Paul say the Law was Good in Romans 7:? Because the law was never a “to do” list for Adam. Look at what God said,
“Thou hast no other Gods before Me. `Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image, or any likeness which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth. Thou dost not bow thyself to them.” Ex. 20:3-5 YLT.
The Hebrew doesn’t even call them “Commandments.”
The literal translation reads: ten “words.”
The God who said, “Israel is My Son” Ex.4:22, was declaring His Son to them. The law is “good” because God was declaring the gospel to them. “But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Heb. 4:2. So it because it is our unbelief that deceives us by twisting God’s original view into a false interpretation of the writings of Moses.
“had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of Me” Jn. 5:46
The goal of requiring Adam to do what he could not was to show us what we were made of. God already knew what we were made of. He subjected Israel (the old creation) to vanity in hope that we would turn to the One who is Life. He is One New Man. He is the New Creation. He did not come to make your flesh good, He is come as eternal Life to His Body the Church.
“I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people” Jer. 31:31-33.
“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and TAKE THINE HAND and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles” Isaiah 42:6.
The New Covenant is Christ living. In this covenant He does not take other individuals by the hand and guide them throughout their day telling them what He wants them to do or not to do. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ is your inward parts working automatically deep within.
The yoke of Christ is not a double yoke. This is a single yoke. It is not you and Jesus pulling for God. The scriptures are not really even about you.
Christ in you is the doer of Word.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Gal. 5:1