Think with me for a moment about the nature of descriptions.
I might do an adequate job describing the basic features of your house. Without spending much time on your property, I could provide a few sketchy details as to the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. But it would be another thing entirely for you to describe your house. You live there. You might have even designed the house before it was built.
Depending on the nature of our relationship, I might be able to pass along a few details about your spouse to someone you’ve never met—how long you’ve been married, how many children you have, etc. But it would be another thing entirely for you to describe your spouse. You know your spouse unlike any person on the face of the earth.
In the same way, think with me about the church. The Lord’s church. It’s one thing for me to describe my conception of what “church” should be all about. But it’s another thing entirely when God describes his church. When God speaks of his church, he describes it as:
- A body (Rom 12:4-5; Eph 1:22-23; Col 1:24)
- A bride (2 Cor 11:2; Rev 19:7-8)
- A kingdom (Col 1:13-14)
- A household (Gal 6:10; Eph 2:19; 1 Pet 4:17)
- A temple (Eph 2:19-22)
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