The Gospel is most succinctly described as being saved by God, from God and for God. To help us identify with this news and our new found relationship with God, the scriptures are rich with a number of vivid and varied illustrations.
I love this because not only are illustrations easier to remember than words and theory, but we also get a reminder of the greater narrative at play when we experience these illustrations first hand in our lives. This can really stir our affections for God in a precious way. For instance, knowing that I am now God’s child means that I have something greater to point to when I receive love and care from my earthly father. It also means that when we have children and experience the amazing highs and lows of fatherhood it helps us to understand God’s father heart for us. Here are 13 pictures that I have found:
- A lost sheep being found and brought back to the fold (Luke 15)
- Being blind and being given sight (Ephesians 2)
- Being dead and brought back to life (Ephesians 2)
- Being in darkness and brought into the light (Colossians 1)
- Orphans that have been adopted (Galatians 4)
- A debtor being forgiven all their debts (Matthew 18)
- A prisoner released from their sentence (Mark 15)
- Released from slavery from one task master to new and gracious one (Romans 6)
- A long-lost son being invited to a family feast and celebration (Luke 15)
- A guilty convict pardoned. Not only forgiven, but not-guilty! (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- A rebellious wife, pursued and seduced with grace by a perfect groom. (Ephesians 5:22-33, Song of Songs)
- A branch grafted onto a vine (Romans 11)
- Taking off filthy rags and being given new and holy clothing (Isaiah 61:10)
It is important to remember that these illustrations are finite, in that you cannot always follow them down to the end and still apply certain caveats to truly accurate portrayals of our salvation. That’s why it is important to know the gospel well and fully in its own right.
Do you know any more?