This is the third painting for my systematic theology paper. The third Person of the Trinity, the Spirit, was painted on the smallest envelope. I made the Spirit the smallest because He’s always in the background, it seems, in scripture and we know the least about the Spirit. I am placing the Spirit envelope inside the Son envelope (and the Son envelope inside the Father envelope) to symbolize how the Spirit submits to the Son and to the Father.
Instead of placing Scriptures about the Spirit on the background, as I did in the other two paintings, I decided to cut my pictures out of the Scripture that they symbolize to tie the different symbols of the Spirit together. The symbols I decided to use (I was limited because of space since this was the smallest envelope) are the dove (Luke 3:21-22 when the Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove), fruit (Galatians 5:22-23 for the fruit of the Spirit), and gifts (I Cor. 12:1-11 that lists the spiritual gifts of the Spirit). I photocopied these scriptures out of my bible, and for example, you can see that the gifts are made out of the paper that has the scripture from I Cor. 12:1-11 on it.
The names of the Spirit I used are Counselor, Spirit, Helper, and Comforter.
On the back I put two hymns – one to represent the Trinity and one that represents the Spirit. I also made a seal out of wax for this envelope because Scripture tells us that those who believe are marked with a seal that is the Holy Spirit. I made two different seals and couldn’t decide which one to use so I just put both of them on there – I worked forever on those things :). I also completely sealed this envelope – it cannot be opened – to further symbolize the sealing of the Spirit. I placed some important scriptures on the back about the Spirit: 2 Cor. 5:5; John 14:16-17, 26; Isaiah 11:2; Acts 2:4; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 4:30.
Well that’s my project! It took MUCH longer than I thought it would – but it was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed it too!