Galatians 6: 2, 5
1 Corinthians 12: 12-13 to “one body”, 26-27
Matthew 11: 28-30
I have been interested, beloved, in these references in Galatians to burdens. The note tells us that they are different words, and therefore I have referred to the other scriptures which may amplify that a little for our encouragement. There are many burdens being carried at the present time, burdens of sickness, family burdens and bereavement, matters of employment. How many burdens there are, but what a comfort it is that we have one another. It says, “Bear one another’s burdens”, and then it speaks of fulfilling “the law of the Christ”. That was why I turned to Corinthians, because there we have the reference to the body, and this working out of bearing one another’s burdens would be a working out of the practical effect of the fact that we are members of the body of Christ. There is that peculiar reference to the body that we often refer to where it says, “so also is the Christ”. That is the same expression as in Galatians. Mr Darby says in the footnote that “the” might be omitted, but he prefers to put it in and I think that would show that he would prefer this reference, “the law of the Christ”. It is not the law as it was at the time of the ten commandments, but it would be a regulating principle; so that what regulates us in these matters, beloved, that we “bear one another’s burdens”, is the truth of the fact that we are all members of the body of Christ, “the law of the Christ”. We feel these things, “if one member suffer, all the members suffer with it”. There is much among us in the way of suffering at the present time, but it elevates these matters as we take account of them as relating to the body of Christ, and what it must be for Him to see the workings of the body here on earth at the present time. It will not be so in glory when we have bodies of glory, each one of us, transformed “into conformity to his body of glory”, Phil 3: 21. There will be no burdens then; so that it is something distinct to the present time of testimony for the heart of Christ, to see the working of the body in this way.
Then it says later, “For each shall bear his own burden”. Mr Darby’s note connects that with this reference in Matthew 11, “for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. Jesus says at the beginning, “Come to me, all ye who labour and are burdened”. That also fits with the second of the two references in Galatians, it would seem to be more of the side of the heavy burdens - “labour” and “burdened”. So there is what we bear together, as bearing one another’s burdens in the working out of the truth of the body of Christ, but then there is also that which we have each one of us to bear. Though we bear one another’s burdens, each one in particular is affected by his own particular burden, and in that regard the Lord Jesus says, “come to me, all ye who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest”. Then He goes on to say that, “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”; that is also the same word as where it says, “For each shall bear his own burden”. So that whilst we bear one another’s burdens and find comfort in that, and whilst there is that for the comfort of the heart of Christ as He takes account of the workings of the body here, there is also this personal matter; there is that which affects us personally, which we can take to the Lord Jesus and find that He would say, “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. How wonderful that He would speak of a yoke; how wonderful it is that He would, as it were, be joined with us in relation to the burdens that we carry in order that we might prove them to be light as carried with Him. Paul speaks in one place of a “true yoke-fellow”, Phil 4: 3. We would not apply that to Christ, of course, but it gives the idea of how these things work out personally, and then he speaks also of the Holy Spirit who “joins also its help to our weakness”, Rom 8: 26. How wonderful these things are! Then it speaks, too, of the Father and the chastening. At no time is it pleasant for us, “but afterwards yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness”, Heb 12:11.
So I bring these references forward, beloved, because there is much pressure among us, but all this is with a positive end in view, with the working out of the truth of the body here for the pleasure of Christ at the present time. Not that we can speak of it in its full extent; we can only speak of walking together as in the light of it: nevertheless, as we do, and as this is worked out through the pressures that are among us, there is what is here which is peculiarly for the pleasure of the heart of Christ. Then as we carry these things before the Lord, as we come to Him as He says, “Come to me, all ye who labour and are burdened”, each one of us finds that He would be with us, the Spirit would join His help to our weakness, and we would prove that Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden is light. We would have the blessed support of the Lord Jesus as we are with Him with the burden, and the experience too of the Holy Spirit Himself joining Himself to our weakness, making intercessions for us “with groanings which cannot be uttered”. What does it say there in Romans 8, well known to us? “But we do know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to purpose”, v 28. So how wonderful that in all these things there is this wonderful end in view, that we do know that all things are working together for good to those who love God, to those that are called according to His purpose.
Well, may the Lord help us, beloved, as we work these things out together, and as each one of us takes his burden to the Lord and finds that He would be with him in it; and the Spirit would join Himself to our weakness, so that we might prove the blessedness of what it is for these things to work together for good for those that love God in view of a response to His own heart. May the Lord help us and encourage us!
20th August 2013