- Scriptural Balance
We must have scriptural balance – There are a thousand texts that can be made to mean whatever we suppose if we take them out of context. We pray about a passage and look for the central meaning, but to understand each part of the reading we must look at the whole. Example – Paul speaks about behavior and says (1 Corinthians 11:5-15) that “Women must wear hats”. This is not to say that women must wear hats at all times, so much as to say that women and men should be careful to conform to the social norms of the day. You could extract a “cast iron” rule about hats from this passage, or you could look for the inner meaning and get a valuable insight. Look for the whole meaning.
- Balanced Perception
On the previous Sunday our speaker shared about the first “Beatitude”, and what it really means to be humble. Then last Sunday, the lesson was about self esteem – How we are to take a sober look at ourselves and see ourselves as God sees us. There is a lovely scriptural balance here in the examining of both sides of one aspect of self perception. We were blessed that both speakers are led by the Spirit of God.
Another aspect of this scriptural balance is that we ought always to seek various forms of proof for what we believe: It is not enough to have a “Peace” about something we believe, we should also look for confirmation in scripture and in the wisdom of our brothers and sisters. All the proofs must agree and be in scriptural balance. If it isn’t scriptural, or if your spiritual brethren do not agree, then it is unlikely to be the the right will of God. God does not contradict himself, so if you believe the Spirit is telling you something, then the other “Proofs” must follow, if it is true.