holiness

Consuming Fire – Acrylic Painting

Consuming Fire – Acrylic Painting

This is my second large-scale painting. It is the same size as the last one – 120 x 100 cm (48 x 40 in) on a deep edge canvas.

Two rows of poplar tress draw our eyes toward a very bright light in the middle that turns out to be a fire. Those trees that are closest to the fire are burning, but are not consumed. In the light of the fire the skyline of a city is visible and seems to float above the ground. It is the skyline of Jerusalem. Or maybe it is the heavenly Jerusalem?

One description of Yahweh, the God of the Bible, is “Consuming Fire”:

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Deut 4:24

This is also the title of the painting. In God’s presence there is no room for anything that is sinful. God’s fire consumes anything that is not holy. On the other hand, when God appears to Moses in the desert, the flames of fire seem to burn in a thorn bush but without consuming it. (Ex 3)

Consuming Fire Large scale acrylic painting
Consuming Fire – Acrylic Painting

This painting is presently exhibited at the Atrium in Bad Schallerbach. Once the exhibition is over at the end of October the painting is for sale. Contact me if you are interested. You can buy canvas prints, posters and greetings cards here.

Holiness

Holiness is a most beautiful and lovely thing. We drink in strange notions of holiness from our childhood, as if it were a melancholy, morose, sour and unpleasant thing; but there is nothing in it but what is sweet and ravishingly lovely.

~Jonathan Edwards

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Holiness is not something we are called upon to do in order that we may become something; it is something we are to do because of what we already are.

~Martin Lloyd-Jones

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Christian holiness is not a matter of painstaking conformity to the individual precepts of an external law code; it is rather a question of the Holy Spirit’s producing His fruit in the life, reproducing those graces which were seen in perfection in the life of Christ.

~F.F. Bruce
(these quotes are from Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom)