1 John 5:3 (KJV) For this is The Love of God, that we KEEP His commandments: and HIS commandments are not grievous. (Emphasis mine)
OK, so how does this work, and I ask this question, because elsewhere Yashua Messiah says, through Paul, and I quote:
Colossians 2:14 (KJV) Blotting out The Handwriting of Ordinances (The Law and The Commandments) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross. (Brackets and emphasis mine)
Ephesians 2:15-16 (KJV) Having abolished in His Flesh the enmity (of) The Law of Commandments in Ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain (the two) one new man, so making peace; 16 And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: (Brackets emphasis mine)
Now is something that is against us, grievous? Yes, you bet your life it is. Furthermore, is something that is enmity also against us and grievous to us too? Yes, of course, and even more so and from Dictionary.com we get this definition:
Enmity – a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
And from the Greek MSS transliteral and Strong’s:
Enmity – G2189 – echthra – ekh’-thrah – feminine of G2190; hostility; by implication a reason for opposition: – enmity, hatred.
As we can see, the meaning of the word ‘enmity’ has not changed in 2,000 years. Moreover, how grievous and against us is that? What was it that WAS so full of ill will, animosity, hostility, antagonism and hate toward us, that is, totally hostile and grievous? Answer: the Whole Law (The Commandments). But why was The Whole Law (The Commandments) so full of ill will, animosity, hostility, antagonism and hate toward us and against us and thereby grievous?
Answer: because it condemned us due to our sinful natures that continually broke The Whole Law, and still does condemn us if we stupidly CHOOSE to live under it. It finds us guilty as charged, EVERYTIME, with no escape from the penalty of condemnation, other than through repeated animal sacrifices and scape goats to alleviate this dreadful condition and situation. Added to which, these were only ever temporary or shadow sacrifices with no real substance. Sin again, and yet more animals had to be sacrificed, that is, repetitive confession of sins. This was not only grievous, but a wretched and tiresome way of living or condition to be in.
However, there is another side to this and we need to be clear on the whole issue. Those of the satanic Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion continue with the same meaningless ritual, even today, with their repetitive confession of sins (see link below). OK, they don’t sacrifice animals, but they get down on their feeble knees and perpetuate the same blasphemous repetitive ritual, so the same Old Covenant spirit pervades. This, dear people, is Old Covenant behaviour, active and operational, in the New Covenant age of His Glorious Grace.
Right, so we can now see why The Whole Law or The Commandments ARE grievous due to man’s fallen condition and yet John says Yashua Messiah’s Commandments are NOT grievous, why and how is that? Is this a contradiction we’re looking at? No way, because HIS Commandments are very different in two ways:
First, they are no longer binding as Laws to be obeyed, due to them now being written on our hearts. Circumcision is now of the heart, not of the flesh – internal, and not external – inward, and not outward. What does this mean? Does it mean we now sin to our heart’s content, because there is no longer any condemnation under The Law? Nay, God forbid, for He will forbid, even to the taking our lives if we persist stubbornly in sinful foolishness.
So what are you saying, I hear you say? I am saying that if we die with Yashua Messiah in the Baptismal pool and are born of God (born again) we will have a INNER DESIRE NOT TO SIN, due to the circumcision of our hearts. If, on the other hand, YOU do not have this inner desire not to sin, then you are NONE OF HIS and are reprobate in your thinking. Not only that, but if you profess to be a follower of Yashua Messiah and do not have an inner desire not to sin then you are worse than the lost and unsaved. You are more evil and wretched than they are.
Second, they are the same commandments as the old commandments and yet new at the same time hence John also said this:
1 John 2:7 (KJV) Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is The Word which ye have heard from the beginning.
Now what is this Word that we and they had heard from the beginning? Right here:
Exodus 20:6 (KJV) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and ‘keep’ my commandments. (Emphasis mine)
Notice, and notice it well, the crucial Word is LOVE – period. Those that LOVE Yashua Messiah, that is, those displaying the first of the Fruits of The Holy Spirit are keeping The Commandments. So if we love God are we going to keep His Commandments voluntarily and willingly because we WANT TO, or do we still need the school teacher (The Law) standing over us like a little infant school child?
Moreover, let’s write HIS Commandments so that we can confound the literal Ten Commandment obeyers out there who are attempting to earn their salvation by obedience and works under The Law.
Matthew 22:36 (KJV) Master, which is the great commandment in The Law?
Notice the satanic loaded question asked by an evil creature of The Law when he said: “Which is the great commandment IN THE LAW?”
Notice Yashua Messiah’s reply:
Matthew 22:38 (KJV) This is the first and great commandment.
Now NOTICE what Our Lord says in reply: “This is the first and great commandment.” Period! – Full Stop! – End of! – BUT NOT IN THE LAW! So if it was not in The Law what was it in? Answer: in LOVE and in The Spirit under Yashua Messiah’s Grace and from the heart.
Yashua Messiah then states clearly what HIS commandments are:
Matthew 22:37-39 (KJV) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt LOVE The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbour as thyself.
If we then add in this verse for good measure:
Romans 13:8 (KJV) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled The Law. (Emphasis mine)
He that loveth another hath fulfilled The Law. What does that mean? Easy, if The Law is fulfilled it is no longer hanging over us like Damocles’ Sword.
Now we can plainly see why HIS Commandments are not grievous and I hope for your own sake that you can, too, for if you cannot then 1,000 years of outer darkness awaits you in the resurrection. You have now had your warning in LOVE.
For follow-up reading please see my articles: “When Did The Biblical Word Keep Become Obey?
And: Is Repetitive Confession of Sins Scriptural?