My high school English grammar teacher, Ms. Metcalfe, drilled our class on parts of speech until we rehearsed them in our sleep. She drummed comparisons of similes and metaphors into our heads until they became a marching cadence. When I read a verse like 1 Peter 2:5: “You also, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house … ” I recognize the author’s use of a simile (like). It compares the believers’ similarity to living stones utilized to build up the Church as a spiritual house.
Ephesians 2:22, coinciding with 1 Peter 2:5, is a building metaphor picturing believers, “in (Christ) being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Paul portrays the Church here, becoming a building inhabited by God’s Spirit.
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