April 29, 2018

Learning by Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:56 am by sranderson0103

“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.” (Matthew 11:29)

The yoke of sin is burdensome, promising freedom, but producing bondage now, and an eternity of torment. Jesus offers a marvelous alternative. It still involves a yoke, but His yoke is entirely different. There is no empty, deceitful promise of freedom, but a life of service to Him that provides a fulfilled rest from the burdensome torment of guilt and assurance of an eternity of bliss.

A basic requirement of this yoke involves learning.

In spite of the popular teaching of John Calvin to the contrary, learning is necessary to become a Christian…unlike the conditions of the Old Covenant. Jews entered their covenant, not by being taught, but by being born Jews. Jeremiah foresaw new circumstances promised under what he described as a “New Covenant.”

“They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’ declares the LORD,” (Jeremiah 31:34).

Jesus quoted and explained Jeremiah’s prophecy saying, “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.” (John 6:45), Everyone one who is a child of God under this New Covenant will “know” because they do not get to be under the New Covenant without being taught.

Calvin and many who seek salvation today, do not understand this. They think it involves an experience, a feeling. Rather, it involves learning and obeying. Jesus was teaching that learning is necessary to become a child of God. Learning is also necessary to continue to be a child pleasing to God. Jesus said we are to take His yoke “and learn from Me.”

So, He spent His time teaching and setting an example in order for us to learn.

“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” (John 13:15)

“Now learn the parable from the fig tree:…” (Matt. 24:32)

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, the “Helper” (John 16:7) to enable prophets to teach learners.

“For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;” (Cor. 14:31)

Jesus sent the apostles to teach so that we could learn.

Paul encouraged the Ephesians who were, “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Eph. 5:10)

He rebuked some Christians at Corinth for failing to follow what they learned.

“But you did not learn Christ in this way,…” (Eph. 4:20)

He emphasized to Titus the importance of learning.

“Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” (Titus 3:14)

He encouraged Timothy to remember what he learned.

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,” (II Timothy 3:14)

Even the Lord Jesus Christ had difficult lessons to learn.

“Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8).

Some lessons are hard to learn and require time, effort, and sacrifice.

But, learning God’s divine wisdom, His absolute truth is an incredible, thrilling privilege, and must be a compelling, driving ambition of Christians.

 

 

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