Striving for Balance. Striving for Balance.
“23: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matt. 23).
Balance is a little hard to always pin down.
Balance involved the whole counsel:
“20: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house….
26: Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27: For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20).
Total harmony of scripture:
“We are not to expect, in every place, the whole circle of Christian truth to be fully stated, and that no conclusion may be drawn from the absence of a doctrine from one passage which is clearly stated in others” (R. C. Trench, 17f.).
Harmony of scripture:
Galatians 1: 10 – I Corinthians 9: 22.
Jude 3, Phili. 1: 17 – 2 Timothy 2: 24, 25.
Ephesians 2: 8, 9 – James 2: 14-19.
Titus 2: 4, 5 – Proverbs 31: 10-31.
Matthew 6: 33.
Matthew 22: 37-40.
Galatians 5: 6.
Providing for a living:
I Timothy 5: 8 – Ephesians 4: 28.
1. I Corinthians 6: 10.
Ephesians 6: 4
Knowledge and zeal:
Romans 10: 1-3.
“23: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matt. 22).
Balance is not elimination:
Have a view to the “whole counsel of God” and keep everything in its place. Never forget the foundational truths and impetus. When the scales become imbalanced, correct them.