Green represents growing and blooming where one is planted. It is representative of a Christian life that produces good fruit and finds rest in Christ. A green plant or tree is a healthy one, growing and producing leaves and flowers. A brown or withered plant is symbolic of the dying process.
Growing and Fruitful
Jeremiah 11:16 The LORD called your name, Green Olive Tree, Lovely and of Good Fruit. With the noise of a great tumult He has kindled fire on it, And its branches are broken.
Jeremiah 17:8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Hosea 14:8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’ I have heard and observed him. I am like a green cypress tree; Your fruit is found in Me.”
Christian growth and fruitfulness is achieved by living for Christ, being directed by His will and finding peace in Him.
Life and Rest
Psalm 52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.Psalm 23:2-3 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Purple represents Kingship. Creating a purple dye was expensive in ancient times, therefore purple became a color of prestige, nobility and royalty (Judges 8:26, Esther 8:15). The Bible reveals purple to be symbolic of wealth, prosperity and luxury (Exodus 28:5, Ezekiel 27:7, Proverbs 31:22, Song of Solomon 3:10, 7:5, Luke 16:19, Acts 16:14, Revelation 17:4, 18:12, 16). Purple reminds us of Jesus because He is the King of kings and He lives and rules in the hearts of those who are His.
Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 19:16 And he [Jesus] hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
It’s interesting that the color purple is made by combining blue and red. The kingly color is a combination of two colors, one that points to His work on earth (red = His shed blood) and the other that points to His heavenly dwelling place (blue = Heaven). Having received forgiveness through His blood, we will one day enter into Heaven and see our King in all His splendor.
Blue represents Heaven. Blue is the color of the sky and a reminder of the heavenly realm. We are given a description of the glimpse of Heaven that Moses, Aaron, Nadab and Abihu (the sons of Moses), and the 70 elders of Israel saw, when they went up to worship God on Mount Sinai:
Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
Sapphires reflect a beautiful sky-blue color reminding us of not only the blue heaven we can see but also the Heaven far beyond, the Heaven of heavens.
Nehemiah 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
Red in the Bible represents blood and redemption. The life of man is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11) and Christ’s blood atonement is necessary for the redemption of man. Jesus’ blood paid the penalty for our sins and by His blood we are washed clean.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
1 Peter 1:18-19 For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But [redeemed] with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Col 1:20-21 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
- Blått – Hex #007fff / RGB (0, 127, 255)
- Purpur- Hex #663399 / RGB (102, 51, 153)
- Olivgrönt – Hex #516130 / RGB (81, 97, 48)
- Blodröd – Hexc #660000 / RGB (102, 0, 0)