Grace

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Paint splashes and golden flakes in this picture show creation as it celebrates and praises God. This is also the human response after finding hope in Jesus.  He freely offers grace and forgiveness to those who humble themselves and repent of their evil ways.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24, NIV)

Salvation Story

The “Grace Equation” is a series of 13 works that illustrate the story of personal salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how this occurs through the use of symbols. The colour black represents the darkness and sin in the world. The red heart represents the sinful state of heart whereby the deserved consequence of sin is eternal death and suffering. The white represents God and the Holy Spirit and the white Jesus.

Immanuel

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The white heart in the picture represents Jesus who came to earth and lived among the world full of sinners. The white colour illustrates that Jesus was fully God and the heart shape that he forfeited his godly glory and splendor to live with humility among us as a man. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (1 John: 14, NIV)

Weigh up

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The scales visually show who the human heart in a sinful state (red heart) does not measure up to the righteous and sinless purity of the Jesus the Son of God. This painting leaves the questioning hanging ‘How can anyone measure up to God’s standards? “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 6:3)

Calvary

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The three hearts on the hill represent the day Jesus and two criminals were crucified. The white heart represents Jesus with red stripes across it (the sins of the world placed upon Him) The red heart on the left represents the criminal who mocked Jesus with the rest of the crowd and did not repent of his sin, and therefore died and went to hell. The heart on the right of Jesus is still red, but has a white heart inside. This represents the other criminal that asked Jesus for forgiveness, and was granted eternity in heaven. (Luke 23) The black background is especially symbolic in this painting as it represents the colour of the sky during Jesus’ crucifixion as the bible states “At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock” (Matthews 27:45).

Apart & United with Creator

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The red and white hearts that have been placed apart represent the distance between God and sinners without the grace bought by Jesus on the cross.

The red heart in the second picture  has a white heart in the centre which shows how  God’s grace enables a personal relationship with God the father. The white heart in the center of the red heart shows how the believer becomes a ‘new creation’ after choosing to life a life in relationship and obedience to God. The heart represents how the Holy Spirit is at work on the inside of the believer’s heart.

Justified

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This picture mathematically shows how sinners (red heart) can be made righteous in the sight of God (the requirement for an intimate relationship with him and for eternal life in heaven) made possible by the grace of Jesus (white heart) when he died and rose again. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1, NIV)

The Grace Equation

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The red heart represents someone who does not know God and has a sinful state of heart. The bracket containing the white heart with red stripes (representing Jesus who died for the sins of the world) in addition to the sinner who repents of their sins (red heart) and becomes an adopted child into the family of God. The end of the equation shows a red heart with a white heart in the middle representing Jesus who lives in that person’s heart and life.

Lost Now Found & Blind Now I See

These two works ‘Lost now found’ and ‘Blind now I see’ come from the lyrics of the timeless hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ written by John Newton. The lyrics reflect the writer’s immense humility and gratitude at being forgiven a lifetime of sins.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I’m found.

‘Twas blind, but now I see.”