God could have created for us a gray, drab, colorless world. But color in and of itself reveals some things about Him. Using a color wheel can show how the Bible and science remind us of His promise that someday we will live in the ultimately beautiful, colorful heaven with Him.
1 Timothy 3:16: Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit..
– Glass or cup without too wide a lip (juice glass or small paper cup works best)
– Half-sheets of paper
– One red marker, one blue marker (crayons may substitute)
1. Put the glass over their sheet of paper and trace a perfect circle
2. Cut out the circle
3. Divide the circle into four equal triangles by drawing an “X” across it, with the lines meeting in the middle
4. Cut two TINY slits, using the two lines of the “X” for the pencil to poke through
5. Color two of the four triangular sections – one red, one blue – so that the colored triangles are opposite of each other. Leave the other two sections in
6. Poke the pencil through from top to bottom so that the point is facing downward
7. Spin the pencil so that the color wheel spins like a top.
What happens to the red, white and blue?
The colors should meld together. If your students are good spinners, they should see something akin to pastel purple.
When mixed together, colors change. Many colors, when mixed together, will may some dull shade of brown. However, red and blue are two colors which, when
used together, create another brilliant color – purple. The additional white should lighten it up, the result being a pastel purple.
A color wheel is a good way to understand a difficult concept: The Holy Trinity. The trinity has three members, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are separate yet
are one. It sounds like a contradiction! But when we spin our color wheel, we can use it as a symbol. Christ is symbolized by the red for his blood; the Holy Spirit is
symbolized by blue, as He is often associated with water; God is the purity of white.
In motion, which they always are because God never sleeps (Psalm 121:4), they act as one complete circle of love – three in one! When Jesus confessed, “I and
the Father are one” in John 10:20, people didn’t know what to make of it. They asked, “How could God be up there where we can pray to Him and down here as
you??” The color wheel helps us to understand that. 1 Timothy 3:16 defines the Trinity as manifest or revealed in Jesus and believed through the Holy Spirit. They
spin into our lives together!