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The Easy Yoke

Would you say the spiritual life of the child of God is an easy way of life? With the recent conditional controversy still causing pain and anguish in the hearts of many who might sometimes have failed to grasp the extent of the doctrinal implications in all the phases of the argument, can we agree that the truth is yet simple and neither complicated nor involved? If the process of learning spiritual things is so difficult and our Christian pathway so hard to travel, where then is the easy yoke?

For a moment let us go on to ask ourselves a further question, “Do we really know and love the simple truth and do we want it?” Do we continually seek to live the simple, unaffected, natural way of life of the true child of God as Jesus tells us about it in Matt. 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

We are exhorted to believe that our burden (His burden) is light. We are told by the Lord Jesus that He has taken away our heavy burden and that as by faith we learn of Him and become meek and lowly in heart we will find rest for our souls. This is the simple truth. The simplicity of the easy yoke.

Is it not true then in the measure one departs from this basic concept of the simplicity of faith that troubles begin? Surely it is not too much to say that the controversy of the church these recent years has stemmed from the departure of belief in the principle of the easy yoke. Any effort we might make to read into scripture a burden for man to carry takes away the “rest for our soul” and consequently leads us into a labyrinth of complications and brings us straight into the harness of a heavy yoke with its attendant burden far greater than we can bear.

How beautifully the Confessions maintain the simplicity of the easy yoke as they outline the things necessary for us to know and live and die happily. Read with the eyes of faith they lead us into the green pastures of the Word without any involved disputations of Scripture. It is only when one leaves the path of belief and trust in the Word of God that he loses the simple truth of the light burden and the easy yoke.

Our recent split has taken from us those who would lead us astray from the path leading to the “rest for our souls.” No longer in our midst are there attempts made to burden the believer with the heaviness of a “conditional theology.” We have not lost the easy yoke of faith which is belief in the finished work of Christ and the certain knowledge that God is all in all and that He has wrought salvation for us His people.

Our recent struggle to stay abreast of the arguments and to delve into the intricacies of “conditions” has led us on the one hand to a closer awareness of the scriptural principle of the easy yoke. On the other hand, it has brought us into many unprofitable discussions of almost endless ramifications. Let us not be disturbed if for a time we become lost in the shuffle of terminology and definition.

May we together treasure the more the sustaining power of the Lord Christ whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light, and let us all grow in the knowledge of Him and His mighty works in us and return praise and glory unto His glorious Name. How can life’s problems be burdensome then?  Our faithful service to Him is obedience to His commandments with thanksgiving of heart and mind. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not grievous.”  I John 5:3