Alienated

 

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The second in the series is ‘Alienated’ which depicts the absolutely devastating effects of sin in the world. Adam and Eve (represented by two red hearts) are shown cowering in the corner as they attempt to cover up their nakedness hiding from God. The large black space covering most of the painting illustrates how severe Adam and Eve’s act of sin affected their relationship with God (Genesis 3).

Not One Good

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This painting seeks to illustrate the biblical perspective of sin and how different people’s sins ‘weigh up’. . Western society tends to downplay the seriousness of human sin with the humanist perspective even suggesting that people are inherently ‘good’. The bible takes a somewhat different angle on the issue when it says “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23).

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)

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.

Wilderness

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This picture depicts the journey through hard times that test the soul and spirit. It shows how God can allow difficult situations to occur as part of a refining process to draw closer to God and changing to become more Christ-like in attitude and everyday living. This is depicted by the sin of the heart (red outline) becoming smaller after the ordeal. This relates to biblical references including Moses and the Israelites, the afflictions of Job and the teachings of Jesus Christ.