Metaphoric Connotations: In The Light Of Christ How To Understand The Scripture Episode 8

Metaphoric Connotations:

Metaphoric ConnotationsMetaphoric connotations are somehow one of the patterns used in writing the Scripture.  However, to unfold some of the metaphoric connotations the scripture has to be studied in the light of Christ. The term ‘in the light of Christ’ is the key to unlock all the metaphoric connotations in the scripture. It might interest you to know that metaphoric connotations are scattered everywhere in the scripture. That is why some people say that the scripture is hard to understand. The truth is that if the scripture is studied in the light of Christ their meanings are bare.

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And the question one can ask is this, ‘but Christ didn’t exist in the old order. And His name was not mentioned literally so, why studying in the light of Him? Remember, as rightly pointed out that the Scripture is Christocentric and everything about the Scripture is about Christ. This is because He existed in the old order in symbols and physical ordinances and practices. These symbols and ordinances and practices are sometimes folded up i metaphoric connotations. This is why is important that the Scripture is rightly divided. Though, the word of truth but the truth should be ascertained rightly.

The Scripture Is The Body Of Truth:

Note that the Scripture is the body of truth. Therefore, while studying the Scripture one must understand that is not everything said in the Scripture is the truth. This is important and should be accepted because is a detailed book that recorded the activities of many characters. And these characters at a given time made some statements and these statements were rightly stated in the Scripture.

However, so many of these statements are not statements of truth. Some of these statements are in metaphoric connotation form. Therefore, one can aptly say that in the Bible, everything is truly stated but not every statement is a statement of truth. This is why it is important to decipher which one is the statement of truth since all were truly stated.

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The only way to decipher which one is the truth is for one to understand what or who the truth is. Hence, without understanding what or who the truth is, it is going to be tough to sieve out the truth. Notice that no one has ever claimed that he is the truth. The only person that has declared that He is the truth is Jesus Christ.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:6

Metaphoric Connotations And The Truth:

Therefore, the best way to understand the metaphoric connotations and statements in the scripture is by aligning with the truth. Where the metaphoric connotations and statements couldn’t align with the truth, such a statement though truly stated is not the truth. Since Jesus Christ is the truth, He has become the prism and the yardstick to weigh every statement in the scripture.

It is by Jesus Christ every statement can be ascertained to be true. And it doesn’t matter if the statement was made before His manifestation in the human flesh. This is because whatever that Moses in the law and the prophets wrote was about Him. And if any thing written about Him in any form didn’t fall in line with His disposition in His manifestation, it means such statements should not be taken as truth and as a result should be discarded period!

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That was why when He manifested; He started correcting some statements. Those that were made that didn’t fall in line with who He actually represents no matter who said it.

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Matthew 5:38-39

What Jesus is saying in the verses above is that whoever that made that statement in verse 38 is wrong.  And I am correcting him in verse 39. Why? Because that statement didn’t represents the truth. Therefore, I am the truth and I am here to give you the rightly divided word of the truth.

The Revelation Of The Mystery:

Metaphoric ConnotationsAnother thing to consider is this fact which is, the scripture, that is from Genesis to Revelation. The Scripture is full of symbolic and metaphoric connotations and this is why it is called the mystery. Therefore, someone reading them literally will definitely not understand them until they are revealed to him. Now, this is very important to mention, because most of those symbols and metaphoric connotations are unlocked in the New Testament. This is why the New Testament is known as the Revelation. The New Testament reveals the scripture which is the mystery. And as a result the kind of knowledge obtainable from the New Testament is called “Revealed Knowledge”. This implies that the knowledge from the New Testament is complete knowledge. In the Greek is called epignosis which means, accurate and precise knowledge. There is no obscurity in it; in its totality it is clear.

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Let’s see one of the quotations backing this claim.

“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”

Colossians 1:25-27

Holy Spirit Is The Revealer:

From the quotation above, Apostle Paul says that, he was made a minister to unveil the mystery that was hidden. This mystery is hidden from ages, and the glory and riches of the mystery should be made known to the Gentiles. This implies that Christ dwelling in the life of the Gentiles is the glory and mystery. This statement was written in the scripture in symbolic and metaphoric connotations. But by the grace given to Apostle Paul, it has been unfolded. This statement above may not make sense to you.  However, if one traces the activities of the Holy Spirit the revealer of the mystery one can understand it better. Let’s see an example of such mysteries here below:

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“And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth. Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.”

Acts 10:11-16

Metaphoric Connotations Are Not Literal:

It is understandable from the quotation above that whatever that happened to Peter wasn’t a literal event.  But occurred in a vision, and the making of the vision is stated in symbols and metaphoric connotations. As a result, Peter couldn’t make sense out of it. However, when he had gone to the house of Cornelius, the totality of what he saw was revealed to him.

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