Forgiven: An Overview of Symbolism Within the Painting

To forgive and to be forgiven are two of the most humbling and equally empowering experiences. This painting reflects a simple message and reveals the emotion of forgiveness.

Symbolism within the Painting

Man and Woman.  The man and woman represent Humanity as a whole.  We see them forgiving each other, forgiving themselves, but ultimately being forgiven by God.

The White Peacock.  The Peacock stands in humbled glory, supportive and vigilant, and is symbolic of Jesus Christ.  The Peacock represents renewal, Grace, the majesty of God and the comfort of His constant presence.  His presence is both authoritative and graceful.

Fig Leaves.  The fig leaves adorning the woman’s dress give a clue to who the man and woman are.   Christ died on the cross to forgive all sin, including the original sin,  But the fig leaves that Adam and Eve used to hide their shame are still present.  Even when we are forgiven, sometimes the consequences remain.  Sometimes our guilt and shame never leaves us.   The fig leaves represent that shame, but though it still clings to their clothes, the man and woman stand glorified by forgiveness.

Bare Trees.  The trees also represent long lasting consequences.  The garden is bare.  Paradise is still lost.  But there is hope and a promise within the renewal taking place under God's watchful eye.  The winter is coming to an end.

The Serpent.  The Peacock grips the head of a snake crushing it under His heel.  Christ is not only forgiving us, but avenging us.

The Tree Stump.  “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 7:19.  It's a promise and a warning.  It is instruction for Righteousness.  The tree stump represents Christ's faithfulness in removing harmful things from our lives.



"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9




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