Thursday, April 11, 2013

No one can bear the yoke of the law

The words of Peter to some Jewish apostles and elders:

"So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them (Gentiles) by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us (Jews), and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they." Acts 15:8-11

Peter was reminding them that "neither our fathers nor we were able to bear" the law! So why should they put such a yoke on the Gentile believers (non-Jews), when even the Jews couldn't keep the law! The good news of the gospel is the same for everyone, regardless of their background: Salvation by grace through faith. (Eph 2:8-9)


  1. Amen and amen. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for grace greater than all my sin.

  2. Is that some kind of a yoke??

    Sorry; couldn't resist. Just another bad yoke joke.

    I've always hated a bad yoke. :)

    1. It's no yoke! But it would be a bad yoke if it was a yoke! I couldn't bear a bad yoke joke! :D