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Symbols For The Bible?

I love Christian charts, graphs, and lists! Infographics are the best though.

Anyway, here's a chart I found in my old John MacArthur Bible recently that I thought I'd share only because I'm curious to get the thoughts of other Confessional Lutherans.

Many of you know the affinity I used to have for Mr. MacArthur before becoming a Confessional Lutheran and the specific reasons why I hesitate to highlight him in these parts ever again.

However, I think this list is worth a quick review.

Do you notice any errors with this list? More importantly, do you think anything's missing, especially if a Lutheran were to create a list like this?

Please share your thoughts in the Comments Section below or via Twitter.

Symbols For The Bible

Symbol: Jesus Christ
Reality: Personification of the Word
Texts: John 1:1; Revelation 19:13

Symbol: Valuable Metals
Reality: Incalculable worth
Texts: Psalm 12:6 (silver); Psalm 19:10 and Psalm 119:127 (gold)

Symbol: Seed
Reality: Source of new life
Texts: Matthew 13:10-23; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23

Symbol: Water
Reality: Cleansing from sin
Texts: Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:17

Reality: Self-examination
Texts: James 1:22-25

Symbol: Food
Reality: Nourishment to the soul
Texts: 1 Corinthians 3:2 and 1 Peter 2:1-3 (milk); Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4 (bread); 1 Corinthians 3:3 and Hebrews 5:12-14 (meat); Psalm 19:10 (honey)

Symbol: Clothing
Reality: A life dressed in truth
Texts: Titus 2:10; 1 Peter 3:5

Symbol: Lamp
Reality: Light for direction
Texts: Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 6:23; 2 Peter 1:19

Symbol: Sword
Spiritual weapon
Texts: Ephesians 6:17 (outwardly); Hebrews 4:12 (inwardly)

Symbol: Plumb Line
Reality: Benchmark of spiritual reality
Texts: Amos 7:8

Symbol: Hammer
Reality: Powerful judgment
Jeremiah 23:29

Reality: Painful judgment
Texts: Jeremiah 5:14; Jeremiah 20:9; Jeremiah 23:29

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Finally, you might discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. I decided to leave those published posts up only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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