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Yokefellows

"All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:27-30 KJV)

"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"

A yoke is defined as "stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team." It was from that definition that the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) used the analogy to refer to those who worked with him, male and female (see Philippians 4:2-9 below) in preaching the Gospel as a "true yokefellow" (again, see below).

Holy Bible Paul well-understood the danger of being "yoked together with unbelievers" (note how Paul's quoting of The Lord's own words from Old Testament Holy Scriptures from Leviticus, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah and 2 Samuel within 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 below gave his appointed apostolic writings the authority to themselves become the New Testament Holy Scriptures - Paul taught The Word of God, not the word of Paul; see also The First Christian Bible):

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? [see also Sons and Daughters of Belial] or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?"

"For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people [Leviticus 26:12, Jeremiah 32:38, Ezekiel 37:27]. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you [Isaiah 52:11, Ezekiel 20:34,41], And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty [2 Samuel 7:14,7:8]" (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV)

Paul "laboured in the gospel" with those who were headed in the same direction, the Way to Life:

"Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life."

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." (Philippians 4:2-9 KJV)

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