Worship Colors

Symbolism Of Colors Founded in Worship or Worship Service

Have you ever wonder what are the most used colors in worship? There are others but these are the primary colors of any service.

GOLD

Precious Stones or Gems: Yellow Topaz or Yellowish-Brown Sapphire

The color gold or yellow is used on Banners, Flags, Streamer, Tabrets, Tassels, and Praise Shield, or Hoop. In a lot of sanctuaries, you can find the color gold as a primary or secondary color in their color schemes, as well as the color yellow. Below is an overview of the worship color, yellow/gold:

Definition for the Color Yellow/Gold

Yellow is a quality or state of the achromatic of the color between green and orange in the spectrum; Gold is an alloy color of a deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color.

You can found the color chrusos (gold) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 5557 with the definition from the base of chraomai (through the idea of the utility of the metal); gold; by extension, a golden article, as an ornament or coin — gold.

Bible Scripture References

  • Leviticus 13:36 Then the priest shall look on him: and, behold, if the scall be spread in the skin, the priest shall not seek for yellow hair; he is unclean.
  • Psalm 68:13 Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
  • Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
  • Matthew 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
  • Matthew 23:16-17 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
  • Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
  • James 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
  • Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
  • Revelation 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

The Following Meaning for the Color Yellow

  • Celebration—party, festival, or gala
  • Deceit—trickery, cheating, dishonesty
  • Degradation—the great shame brought about by loss of status, reputation, or self-esteem.
  • Infernal Light—hellish, damnable light
  • Glory Revealed—wonder & beauty exposed, discovered, open (see color gold)
  • Joy—delight, happiness, pleasure
  • Jealousy—resentment, distrust, envy
  • Treason—treachery, betrayal

The Following Meaning for the Color Gold

  • All Saints—official recognized people as preeminent for holiness.
  • Christmas—Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ
  • Easter—Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Epiphany—Christian festival observed on Jan. 6th, celebrating the divine manifestation of Jesus Christ through the Three Wise Men’s visit.
  • Holiness of Life—the state or quality of being holy in life
  • Innocence of Soul—the absence of guilt for the soul
  • Glory—credit, splendor, beauty, or praise
  • Mercy—compassion, sympathy, understanding, or kindness
  • Purity—the virtue and innocence
  • Righteousness—virtue, morality, uprightness, or honesty
  • The Ascension—the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after the Resurrection
  • The Godhead—Father God, Son Jesus, and Holy Spirit
  • The Transfiguration—the radiant appearance of Jesus Christ on the mountaintop, before three of his disciples. Christian festival that commemorates the Transfiguration observed on August 6th
  • Trial by fire—test or hearing by discharge
  • Trinity Sunday—the Sunday eight weeks after Pentecost when Christian celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity.

BROWN

Precious Stones or Gems: Agate (sardonyx), Jasper, Sapphire, Pearl, Topaz

The color Brown is used on Banners, Flags, Streamers, Tabrets, Tassels, and Praise Shield, or Hoop. In a lot of sanctuaries, you can find the color brown as an secondary color in their color schemes. Below is an overview of the worship color, brown:

Definition for the Color Brown

The quality or state of the achromatic color produced by mixing red, yellow, and black, as of dark wood or rich soil

You can found the color chalkolobanon (brown) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 5474 with the definition from orichalcun, or frankincense of yellow color; burnised bronze; fine brass neuter of a compound of chalkes and libanos (in the implied mean of whiteness or brilliancy); burnished copper, an alloy of copper (or gold) and silver having a brilliant lustre.

Bible Scripture References

  • Exodus 38:8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the looking glasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
  • Numbers 21:8-9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
  • 1 King 14:27  And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house.
  • Daniel 2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
  • John 3:14  [see Numbers 21:8-9] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
  • Revelation 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
  • Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

The Following Meaning for the Color Bronze

  • Fires of testing—dismiss, throw out, what’s left, after giving somebody their test
  • Judgment upon sin—final verdict, decision, or ruling upon sin

The Following Meaning for the Color Brown/ Brass

  • Comfort of Home—a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain from the warm of your home
  • Constancy—the quality of being faithful and dependable
  • Degradation—the great shame brought about by loss of status, reputation, or self-esteem
  • Reliability—the quality of being dependable or reliable
  • Simplicity—the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do.
  • Spiritual Death—usually relating to the soul or spirit in death

PURPLE

Precious Stones or Gems: Alexandrite (Chrysoberyl), Amethyst (Quartz),  Ametrine (Quartz), Purple Diamond, Purple Garnet, Purple Jade, Sapphire (Corundum)

The color purple is used on Banners, Flags, Streamer, Tabrets, Tassels, and Praise Shield, or Hoop. In a lot of sanctuaries, you can find the color purple as an secondary color in their color schemes. Below is an overview of the worship color, purple:

Definition for the Color Purple

The quality or state of the achromatic color intermediate between red and blue

You can found the color porphurous (purple) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 4210 with the definition from porphura; purpureal, ie bluish red-purple

Bible Scripture References

  • John 19:2  And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
  • John 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
  • Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
  • Revelation 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

The Following Meaning for the Color Purple:

  • Dominion—power control
  • Imperial Power (God the Father) – regal, majestic, grand in power
  • Kingdom Authority—sovereignty of power
  • Name of God
  • Royalty—the state of being royal: relating to sovereign
  • The Promises of God—pledge given, or oath from God
  • Wealth—riches, prosperity, assets

BLUE

Precious Stones or Gems: Blue Agate (surdonyx), Blue Topaz, Blue Tourmaline, Blue Sapphire, Blue Opal, (Beryl) Aquamarine, Chaledony

The color blue is used on Banners, Flags, Streamer, Tabrets, Tassels, and Praise Shield, or Hoop. In a lot of sanctuaries, you can find the color blue as a primary or secondary color in their color schemes. Below is an overview of the worship color, blue:

Definition for the Color Blue

The quality or state of the achromatic color intermediate between green and violet; rigidly religious or moralistic; puritanical.

You can found the color huakinthos (blue) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 5192 with the definition of jacinth; a precious stone of the color hyauith ie. dark-blue verging toward looking like a black gem.

Bible Scripture References

  • 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.
  • Ezekiel 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
  • Exodus 28:31 And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.
  • Revelation 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

The Following Meaning for the Color Blue

  • Authority—license, ability, power, to say-so
  • Divinity—spirituality, religious studies
  • Grace—elegance, kindness, blessing shown
  • Healing—the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again
  • Heaven—paradise; place where God is
  • Heavenly Love—the holy and divine of love
  • Loyalty—the quality of being loyal; a strong feeling of support or allegiance
  • Patience—the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset
  • The Holy Spirit—the third person in the Trinity
  • The Priesthood—cleric, pastor, minister called to perform the sacred rites of a religion
  • The Truth—The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth; reality of the Word
  • The Word of God—Jesus, the second person in the Trinity
  • Unveiling of Truth—the uncovering of the truth for the first time, especially if it was kept secret

WHITE

Precious Stones or Gems: White Onyx, Star Quartz, White Pearl, Zircon, White Spinel, Tourmaline, White Sapphire, Tree Agate, Television Stone (Ulexite)

The color white is used on Banners, Flags, Streamer, Tabrets, Tassels, and Praise Shield, or Hoop. In a lot of sanctuaries, you can find the color white as a primary or secondary color in their color schemes. Below is an overview of the worship color, white:

Definition for the Color White

The quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness. ie. a pale color of pigment; due to the reflection of most wavelengths of visible light.

You can found the color leukos (white) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 3022 with the definition from luke (‘light’); white.

Bible Scripture References

  • Matthew 5:36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
  • Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
  • Matthew 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
  • Mark 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
  • Mark 16:5  And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
  • Luke 9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
  • John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
  • John 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
  • Acts 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
  • Revelation 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
  • Revelation 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
  • Revelation 3:4-5 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
  • Revelation 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
  • Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
  • Revelation 6:2  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
  • Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
  • Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
  • Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
  • Revelation 14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
  • Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
  • Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
  • Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

The Following Meaning for the Color White

  • All Saints—official recognized people as preeminent for holiness
  • Angels—more than one angel
  • Christmas—Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ
  • Easter—Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Epiphany—Christian festival observed on Jan. 6th, celebrating the divine manifestation of Jesus Christ through the Three Wise Men’s visit.
  • Glory—the presence of God
  • Holiness of Life—the state or quality of being holy in life
  • Innocence of Soul—the absence of guilt for the soul
  • Joy—delight, happiness, pleasure
  • Peace—calm, concord, quietness, silence, harmony
  • Purity—the virtue and innocence
  • Salvation—deliverance, rescue, escape
  • The Ascension—the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after the Resurrection
  • The Bride of Jesus Christ of the church or believer in Christ who is about to wed their bridegroom, Jesus
  • The Transfiguration—the radiant appearance of Jesus Christ on the mountaintop, before three of his disciples. Christian festival that commemorates the Transfiguration observed on August 6th.
  • Trinity Sunday—the Sunday eight weeks after Pentecost when Christian celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity
  • Victory—conquest, triumph, success, to win

BLACK

Precious Stones or Gems: Black Onyx, Brecciated Jasper, Black Pearl, Black Star Sapphire, Onyx (Chalcedony), Black Tourmaline

The color black is used on Banners, Flags, Streamer, Tabrets, Tassels, and Praise Shield, or Hoop. In a lot of sanctuaries, you can find the color black as an secondary color in their color schemes. Below is an overview of the worship color, black:

Definition for the Color Black

The quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness.

You can found the color gnophos (black) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 1105 with the definition of blackness; akin to rephos; gloom (as of a storm).

Bible Scripture References

  • Matthew 5:36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
  • Hebrews 12:18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
  • Revelation 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
  • Lamentations 4:8  Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.

The following meaning for the color black

  • Curses—evil or misfortune coming as if in response to harm to come upon one
  • Darkness—the state of being in the dark; no light
  • Death—the ending of all vital functions or processes in an organism or cell
  • Evil—morally bad or wrong; “evil purposes”; “an evil influence”; “evil deeds”
  • Famine—food shortage
  • Fear of God—the beginning of wisdom
  • Humility—a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
  • Judgment—an opinion formed by judging something; the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
  • Mourning—state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
  • Mystery of God—hidden wisdom and secrets
  • Sin—transgression, wrongdoing
  • Solemnity—a formal or solemn ceremony held to observe an occasion or event

RED

Precious Stones or Gems: Red Topaz, Sardonyx (Chalcedony), Red Sapphire, Ruby, Red Jasper,  Red Spinel, Rhodolite Garnet, Rubellite (Tourmaline), Red Quartz

The color red is used on Banners, Flags, Streamer, Tabrets, Tassels, and Praise Shield, or Hoop. In a lot of sanctuaries, you can find the color red as a primary or secondary color in their color schemes. Below is an overview of the worship color, red:

Definition for the Color Red

The quality or state of the achromatic color at the end of the spectrum next to orange and opposite violet; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood, fire, or rubies.

There are two Greek words: Scarlet and Firey Red

You can found the color kokkinos (scarlet) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 2847 with the definition of crimson; a scarlet, dyed with kermes (coccum), the female coccus of the kermes oak.

Also found the color purrhos (firey red) in the Strong’s Greek Concordance number 4450 with the definition of having the color of fire, red.

Bible Scripture References

  • Matthew 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
  • Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
  • Hebrews 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
  • Revelation 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
  • Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
  • Revelation 17:3-4 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
  • Revelation 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
  • Revelation 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

The Following Meaning for the Color Red

  • Blood of Jesus, the Person of Jesus—The Son of God, the life and essence
  • Covenant of Grace— agreement, contract, or promise of grace
  • Hate—extreme dislike, disgust or detest
  • Judgment—verdict, decision, or ruling
  • Love—feel affection for, adore, worship
  • Martyred Saints—a person put to death for adhering to belief
  • Redemption—salvation, exchange, rescue
  • Pentecost—the 7th Sunday after Easter observed as a church festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.
  • Sin—transgression, wrongdoing
  • Sovereign Power—supreme ruler of power
  • The Cross—Jesus was crucified on
  • The Wrath of God—fury or anger of God
  • War—battle between good and evil

The next time you see these colors in any worship or worship service, you will understand the importance and the use for them as an impression of God’s will and purposes for His people.

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