B. Keith Chadwell 7-2012
2nd Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Int. K.J.V.); "So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE (†) THE NEW HAS COME!"
Mark 4:11 "And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: "
A metaphor typically suggests that one thing is another in some respects, or suggests that it acts like or has some of the qualities or characteristics of something else, as in the examples “a copper sky” or “a heart of stone”. However, metaphors or other comparisons such as similes, parables, allegories, signs, symbols, dark sayings, etc. have their limits when describing one thing by using another which is like it, but only in some respects. Therefore, often, when one type of comparison ceases to adequately describe the qualities or characteristic of the subject, another may be chosen which better suits the new characteristics desired to be described. For example in the example of "a copper sky" we may be describing one of the characteristics of its color at sunset. Now suppose we wanted to further describe the sky in the darkest of night. We might choose another metaphor such as; "inky black sky".
It is common in biblical writings that when a comparison is used it is often preceded by the words as or like. For example; "as a heart of stone", or "like a copper sky". The Bible is filled with this type of language and in this manner God has hidden the Mystery of his will. It is imperative that Christians understand that the revelation of Bible mysteries are impossible without the Holy Spirit working in us to reveal the Spiritual meanings He has deliberately hidden. Christians must "take heed" and resist the flesh and not try to solve these hidden mysteries by natural, literal, reasoning. Legal, letter of the law, interpretations and natural mind reasoning is; "the leaven of the Sadducees and the Pharisees". This is often how the traditional teachings of man have become so contrary to the revelations of the Holy Spirit. To continue to try and unravel the "Mystery of the kingdom" with only the understanding of the carnal mind and without the Spirit of revelation is folly.
Without His revelation knowledge, this mystery will continue to be a stumblingstone for anyone who will not heed Jesus' warning to… "beware of the leaven of
the Pharisees and the Sadducees".