The Bible often uses metaphors or images to illustrate a point. What are the different metaphor the New Testament uses for the local church?
I found the following metaphor :
- A Flock (Acts 20.28, 1 Peter, 5.2-3)
- A body / the body of Christ ( 1 Cor 12.27-31, Eph 1.22, Eph 5.21-33, Col 1.18, Col 1.24)
- A mystery (Col 1.24-29, Eph 3.8-9)
- A spouse (Eph 5.21-33)
Are there other metaphors for the Church in the New Testament?