DO NOT BE YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS (2 cor. 6:14-16
WHAT ARE THE FIVE REASONS WHY BELIEVERS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE YOKED WITH UNBELIEVES?
(1.) What do Righteousness and Wickedness have in common? (2 cor. 6: 14b).
(2.) What fellowship can Light have with Darkness ?(2 cor. 6:14c).
(3.) What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? (2 cor. 6:15a).
(4.) What does a Believer have in common with Unbeliever? (2 cor. 6:15b).
(5) What agreement is there between the Temple of God and Idols? (2 cor. 6: 16a).
Back in the Old Testament under the Mosaic Law, God gave Law to His people who were largely engaged in Agriculture. He said that they were not to yoke together an Ox and an Ass. That would be yoking together unequal Animals. One was a clean Animal and the other was an unclean Animal. Here God is speaking to Believers, and He says that the Believer should not be yoked together with an Unbeliever. How are people yoked together? Well, they are yoked together in any form of real union such as Business Enterprise, A Partnership, A Marriage, A Long Term Enterprise.
Certainly, Marriage is the yoking together of two People. An Unbeliever and A Believer should not marry. A clean Animal and An Unclean Animal should not be yoked together to plow. A Child of God and A Child of the Devil cannot be yoked together and pull together in their life goals.
( 2 Cor. 6:16b) says- "For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: " I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and They will be my People." Then (2cor.6:17-18) says- " Therefore come out from them and be SEPARATE,
SAYS THE LORD." And touch no Unclean Thing, and I will receive you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be my Sons and Daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
The Temple of God has no agreement with Idols. Where is the Temple of God ? Today the Temple of God is the human body of each and every believer. We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The one in whom God dwells cannot be in agreement with Idols.
BE SEPARATE --MEANS
(1.) Personal separation involves not being unequally yoked (2 Cor. 6:14)
(2.) Not loving the World (1 John 2:15-17)
(3.) Not having fellowship with sinning Brethren (1Cor. 5:11)
If we can truly say that Jesus satisfies us, then there is this glorious promise for us. " And I will receive you , and I will be a father to you, and you will be my Sons and Daughters, says the LORD ALMIGHTY ". We will be the kind of Sons and Daughters who bring Honor to God. If we are believers in Jesus, God is always our father. The reason why God asks us to come out from among them, to be separate, and touch no unclean thing, so that He can have an intimate relationship with us as a father with a Son.
Written by Osmundo S. Sabado
Edited by Orman L. Sabado