[quote=fellowChristian]A metaphor is when someone says “it is raining cats and dogs outside” We know cats and dogs don’t fall from the sky. We understand it means it is raining hard.
”It is raining cats and dogs,” is not a metaphor, it’s an idiom
Here are some others:He’s the top dog around here. (ie., the one in charge)
It’s time to hit the sack. (ie., time to go to bed)
He spilled his guts. (ie., confessed; told the truth)
She had a cow when I got home late last night. (ie., she was angry)
I’m just pulling your leg. (ie., teasing, joking)
They’re horsing around. (ie., silly playing)
It’s still up in the air. (ie., it is uncertain)
I punched his lights out. (ie., I hit him)
You hit the nail on the head. (ie., you got it right)
Here are two biblical idioms:**John 6:51
“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
**(ie., physical bodies live temporally by eating bread, the new life is nourished by feeding on Christ in the heart by faith).
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
(ie., except you feed on Christ in the heart and partake of His life (be covered by His blood in faith—the life is in the blood—you have no life in you).
[quote=fellowChristian]It is a statement. Jesus said "This bread is my flesh"
The blue in your post is a metaphor.
A metaphor is a declaration that one thing is (or represents) another; or, comparison by representation.
Met´-a-phor. Greek, metaphora, a transference, or carrying over or across. From meta, beyond or over, and pherein, to carry.
The figure is a “Representation” or “Transference.” It is recognized by some form of the verb,
***to be.***I am the door
I am the vine; you are the branches
This is my body…this is my blood
All flesh is grass
My flesh is true food
My blood is true drink
We are the sheep of His pasture
The Lord God is a Sun and Shield
His truth is a shield and buckler
You are the salt of the earthAnd so on.