The Assembly Encyclopedia

Figures of the Church. God illustrates the truth with pictures that we can well understand (i.e. Bride of Christ, Body of Christ, House of God, etc.). These figures are perfectly chosen, not like the failing and feeble human examples you or I might come up with. Each figure conveys a different aspect of the Church's position. The term ‘Bride of Christ’ brings to mind thoughts of affection and relationship. The term ‘Body of Christ’ brings to mind thoughts of unity, interconnectedness, and the functioning of gift. The term ‘House of God’ brings to mind thoughts of testimony, order, and administration. The 'Candlestick' carries the thought of a responsible witness to the world. The 'City' carries the thought of Millennial administration and the display of glory.
Figure Body Bride House Candlestick City
Ephesians Eph. 1,2,3,4 Eph. 5 Eph. 2    
1 Corinthians 1 Cor. 12   1 Cor. 3    
Romans Rom. 12        
Colossians Col. 1-2        
1 Peter     1 Peter 2,4    
Revelation   Rev. 19-22   Rev. 1-3 Rev. 21-22