You Say You Want Balance. . . by John Gavazzoni

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You Say You Want Balance. . .?

By John Gavazzoni
It has always been a priority of the true and mature teacher of the Word of God, that he or she maintain a proper balance, that is, not to emphasize a truth or truths at the expense of other truths. That awareness is seen at it’s best when seeking to find the cohesive bond which unites all spiritual truth into a full presentation of Him, who is Truth, our Lord Jesus. We find ourselves today at a point where the extant prophetic word, with it’s varied expressions, gives indication that we are (1) in a dynamic time of transition and (2) that God is calling us to take a fresh look at what we have called, “the finished work of Christ” (Jn. 4:34; 17:4; Rom. 9:28; Phil. 1:6). If we do not realize that the normative Word is an ever unfolding Word which demands constant adjustment in our thinking and that, at it’s cutting edge, may disturb what has been our status quo understanding of doctrinal balance, we may get stuck at a place where that which is deemed to be a balanced approach has been depriving us of the full truth of all that we have attempted to hold with equilibrium. Such is so when we do look afresh at Father’s saving work completed in the Person and life of our Lord. As the Spirit of truth presses His claim upon our minds whispering gently but insistently that we have stopped short of valuing what God in Christ has accomplished for us, we find ourselves experiencing intolerable intellectual tension, tension that causes us again, and at a deeper level, to realize that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto Him…” (I Cor. 2: 14). 
The prophetic declaration that ushers in a new day with a new norm is rarely one that speaks in what most would think is an appropriately centered emphasis. It is bold, demanding and seemingly impervious to the wisdom which says, “make room for the other instruments of God’s orchestra of revelation to blend with your trumpet blast.” But at some point after we hear from the piercing brass section, along comes the string, reed and percussion members to give a full bodied sound to the symphony of redemption. We have heard the blast of the trumpet announcing the next movement in the musical score but we must be brought to a new level of understanding of what has been sounded forth. For those who know a little about music let me illustrate a point. A composer or arranger may at times use a musical device whereby, either with a somewhat dissonant chord or a less than conclusive chord in the music’s flow, he will “tease” the ear of the listener as it naturally craves a note and/or chord of resolution. By momentarily withholding that sound of consummation the composer or arranger makes the fulfilling sound all the more satisfying. So it is with the unfolding of biblical revelation. We must be bold enough to assert that until we reach the place that the New Testament writers pointed toward, we find in their inspired record a certain God-ordained dissonance, a construction of written revelation that leaves the most sincere seeker with a divinely induced frustration that cries out for that final, clear Word.
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Our Passion for Him. . .? By John Gavazzoni

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Our Passion for Him. . .?
By John Gavazzoni

We stubbornly cling to the notion that we will still find a key there [Scripture] that will give us full entrance into the heart of God and WE ARE WRONG IN THAT HOPE. It can go no further than declare that “….the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14), and that in Him we are “the fulness of Him that filleth all in all” (Eph. 1:23). So in the light of that final Word of scripture, standing on the highest peak it offers, what do we do brethren, HAVE ANOTHER BIBLE STUDY? When we climb the highest peak of biblical revelation and there find ourselves resplendent in His glory what do we do, take another course in Greek and Hebrew? When on that peak we hear the Word, “In Him dwelleth the fulness of the Godhead bodily and ye are complete in Him” (Col. 2:9), what shall we do? Shall we bring to God a fresh offering of our yearning that He do a greater work in us because we are so lacking before Him? Slowly but surely, the Spirit of God has laid upon me the prohibition against my coming to him with the passion of my yearning for fulness when He has declared me full and complete in His Son. He said to me, “I don’t need your passion, I have enough for both of us and I have seen the travail of my soul and I am satisfied. Away with the burnt offerings of your piety, it is as nothing when seen in the light of my burning love.”

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