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Chapter 67: Christianity Symbols




   This collection of Christianity symbols includes pictures, and descriptions of the most easily recognized symbols of Christianity.

   The Christian Cross or Latin Cross represents Christ’s victory over sin and death through the sacrifice of His own body on the cross.

   The Latin Cross, referred to as the Christian Cross, is the most familiar and widely recognized symbol of Christianity today. It was most likely the shape of the structure upon which Jesus Christ was Jesus said in to His disciples, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross.”

   The Christian Fish, also called the Jesus Fish or was a secret symbol of early Christians.

   The ichthys or fish symbol was used by early Christians to identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ and to express their affinity to Christianity.

   Ichthys is the ancient Greek word for “fish”. The “Christian Fish”, or “Jesus Fish” symbol consists of two intersecting arcs tracing the outline of a fish, (most commonly with the fish “swimming” to the left).

   It is said to have been used by early persecuted Christians as a secret symbol of identification. The Greek word for fish (Ichthus) also forms the acronym


   Candles, lamps, light, and flames represent the manifest presence of God as the light of the world.

   With so many references to God being “Light” in scripture, representations of light such as candles, flames, and lamps have become common symbols of Christianity.

   John says, “This is the message we have heard from Him and declared to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all”.

   Again, when Jesus spoke to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Light represents the presence of God. God appeared to Moses in the “burning bush” and to the Israelites in the pillar of flame.


   The Cross and Crown represent the heavenly reward that awaits believers who first must suffer the trials of life on earth.

   The Cross and Crown is a familiar symbol in Christian churches. It represents the reward awaiting in Heaven (the Crown); that believers will receive after the suffering and trials of life on earth (the Cross).

   In “Blessed is the man who perseveres, under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the Crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”

   The Ten Commandments represent the laws of God for spiritual and moral living.


   The Ten Commandments or the Tablets of the Law are the laws that God gave to the people of Israel through Moses after leading them out of Egypt. In essence, they are a summary of the hundreds of laws found in the Old Testament Law. They offer basic rules of behavior for spiritual and moral living. The Story of the Ten Commandments is recorded in and

   The Holy Bible is the word of God. It is the Christian’s handbook for life. God’s message to mankind—his love letter—is contained in the pages if the Bible.

   Timothy says, “All scripture is and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”

   says, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”

   The Bible is comprised of 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. The Bible was written throughout a period of 1600 years, with more than 40 authors, inspired by God through the Holy Spirit.

   The Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) represents Jesus Christ, the perfect, sinless sacrifice offered by God to atone for the sins of man.


   Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. He is the sacrificial lamb, offered by God to atone for the sins of man.

   “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was fed like a lamb to the slaughter…”

   The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”


   Bread and The bread and wine represent the body and blood of Christ. Bread and wine (or grapes) represent The Lord’s Supper or Bread symbolizes life. It is the nourishment that sustains life. In the wilderness, God provided a daily, saving provision of or “bread from heaven”, for the children of Israel. And Jesus said in “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry.” Bread also represents the physical body of Christ.

   At the Last Supper Jesus broke bread, gave it to his disciples and said “This is my body given for you”

   Wine represents God’s covenant in blood, poured out in payment for mankind’s sin. Jesus said in “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Believers partake of communion on a regular basis to remember Christ’s sacrifice and for all that he had done for us in His life, death, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is a time of self-examination and participation in the body of Christ.