n. — a church, understood as the family that constitutes the household of God.
. . . if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
1 Timothy 3:15
New Testament authors refer to the church in a variety of ways. In today’s example verse, Paul refers to the church as “the household of God.” The visualization in the Bible Sense Lexicon allows us to see that there are other metaphors for the church, such as “flock,” “body,” “sister,” and “lady.” All of these metaphors demonstrate something about God’s relationship to the church. For example, “household of God” may indicate who the church is in relation to God, namely part of his family. “Flock” may emphasize God’s guidance or rule over the church. “Body” may relate to the function of the church. Take some time today to explore these different metaphors for the church using the Bible Sense Lexicon.
What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?
Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.
The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.
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