Contemporary Metaphors Of The Kingdom Essay

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Running head: CONTEMPORARY METAPHORS Contemporary Metaphors of the Kingdom Pearl Mims Grand Canyon University Introduction of the New Testament History Curtis Schwisow September 20, 2009 Contemporary Metaphors of the Kingdom Today, the kingdom of God makes many people think of the afterlife or a heavenly place. Through the use of parables, Jesus taught that the kingdom of God had great value, had a humble beginning though it would grow and flourish, could spread through a person’s life, and would separate good from evil (Niswonger, 1992). While reading Tame’s article about the kingdom of God, I noticed that she had several interested metaphors for the kingdom of God that were offered by people in different contemporary churches. The two that interest me were the mustard seed and strong tower. There are many times we, as Christian, allows our faith to slip. It’s like a mustard seed that grows very publicly out of control; but also like yeast that grows mysteriously and invisibly (Tame, 2005). A mustard seed is like a small dot. Once it is planted it will grow. The seed could be compared to god’s word. If we plant it in our heart we need to water it by reading God’s word, and God will grow the seed. I read in Luke 13:19 that “It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; soon it grows into a tall bush, and the birds live among its branches” (Tyndale, 1973, pp. 820-821). I know that there have been times in my life where I have allow my faith to perish in my walk with Jesus, my finance, and on my job. However, through his word I have to plant good seed than I can reap it. In order for the seed to manifest, I must study his word and pray without ceasing. Also I read in Mathews 17:20 that “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to
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