2013-02-17 - A Light Burden
The Epistles of John ~ Part 96 ~ 1 John 5
1 John 5:3-5: We show God we love Him through our obedience. We've talked about this before. To say that one is a believer, but at the same time claim there is no need to be involved in the local church, no matter what the argument, is to say there is no need to be obedient.
This was essentially the message of the false teachers. They said they loved God. But they taught that how one lives doesn't matter. John says the contrary; if one claims to love God ,the proof is obedience.
John makes a claim, though, that seems contrary to what we have experienced. His says the commands of God are not burdensome. Then why do God's commands feel like burdens? And since he is talking about the command to love, he is saying, by extension, that to love one another is not burdensome.
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:29-30).
Because we are believers, the Law of love is not a burden. We carry it out in dependency on the indwelling Spirit. But, for those of the world, obedience to God is a burden. As believers ,we have overcome the world, and therefore we don't have to be burdened by obedience. By the way, the word "overcome" that is used here is the same as used by John in the letters to the seven churches. To be a believer is synonymous with being an overcomer.
To be continued.