An Alphabetical Analysis
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logical or reasonable service goes so far as to include the presentation of
our bodies as living sacrifices, an aspect of truth not by any means
'reasonable' in the eyes of the unsaved.  This warns us that 'logic' moves on
certain planes.  What is logically true of man, as such, is not necessarily
true of God; for example, man cannot be in two places at once, whereas the
Lord cannot be so limited.
Again, Paul not only 'beseeches', but he says 'present' or 'yield'.
Reasonable service of the redeemed cannot be forced, it must be free, and
finds its typical expression in those 'freewill offerings' which the law
allowed, and about which the Psalmist prayed:
'Accept, I beseech Thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord'
(Psa. 119:108).
Prerequisites for Service
Pursuing the theme that the service of the believer must be reasonable
and free, we turn to the words of Christ, uttered in the day of His
rejection: 'Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me' (Matt. 11:29).
We hope, in this study, to indicate some of the necessary conditions
for learning the truth.  Mere reading, even of the Scriptures, is by no means
sufficient.  'Learning' does not necessarily lead to 'a knowledge of the
truth', as the solemn passage in 2 Timothy 3:7 makes plain.  If we were asked
to prepare a list of the paraphernalia associated with 'learning', how many
of us would include a 'yoke'?  A yoke suggests service and fellowship.  To
work yoked with another necessitates keeping step, walking in the same path,
pursuing the same goal, serving the same Master.  Here we have another of
those interrelations of doctrine and practice that it is so necessary to
There is, moreover, a very pointed mention of the state of heart of
those who would engage in this yoked service.  The Lord said: 'I am meek and
lowly in heart'.  This special attribute of Christ and its intimate
connection with 'learning' is found in the prophecy of Isaiah:
'The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should
know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning
by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.  The Lord God hath
opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back' (Isa.
Another very essential preparation of heart that must precede all true
learning is repentance.  Just as we should not naturally include a yoke among
the necessary equipment of the learner, so we should most likely enumerate a
number of spiritual qualifications before we thought of repentance.  The
passage that teaches its necessity is 2 Timothy 2:25:
'In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
Without this repentance, one may be 'ever learning, and never able to
come to the knowledge of the truth' (2 Tim. 3:7).  While we desire to keep in
mind that we are not here dealing with the doctrinal issues of Scriptural
passages, yet, owing to a very prevalent misconception of the meaning of