The Nature of God’s Word is also revealed to us through the many symbolic pictures that scripture paints.
God likens His Word to many things. Each reveals a facet of truth regarding it. The following list is based on Kevin Conner’s ‘Foundations of Christian Doctrine” titled “The Symbols of the inspired book”:
A. Fire (Jeremiah 23:29)
burns, cleanses and purges.
B. A Hammer (Jeremiah 23:29)
Smashes and demolishes evil.
C. A Lamp (Psalms 119:105)
Illuminates the darkness, shining the light of truth upon our lives.
D. A Mirror (James 1:23)
Reveals to us what we are and what we can be in God.
E. Milk (1 Peter 2:2)
Nourishes the young in Christ.
F. A Rod (Revelation 11:1-2)
As a measuring instrument setting the divine standard in all matters.
G. A Seed (Luke 8:11, 1 Peter 1:23)
Life producing, having the potential of eternal life within it.
H. A Sword (Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17)
Sharp, two-edged, separates the things of soul and spirit.
I. Water (Ephesians 5:26)
Life-giving, refreshing, cleansing.
J. Gold (Psalm 19:9-10)
Priceless value. You can dig endless treasures from it.
K. Honey (Psalm 19:9-10)
Sweet to the taste.
L. An ox-goad (Ecclesiastes 12:11)
It prods us to fulfil our duties.
M. A Nail (Ecclesiastes 12:11)
Fastens in a sure place. You can hang things upon it.
N. Bread (Matthew 4:4)
The staff of life, ever-fresh, meant for daily consumption.
O. An Anchor (Hebrews 6:18-19)
Holds us secure through every storm.
P. A Star or Light (2 Peter 1:19)
Q. Meat (Hebrews 5:13-14)
Strength giving food for the mature.
How would you interpret these pictures? Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and open up the deeper nature of God’s Word and how He wants to use it powerfully to transform your life.