The Impact of Biblical Symbols on Our Lives

Christianity features many diverse symbols. While some of them may be familiar to outsiders, many others hold special significance for the religion itself.

Symbols can help us communicate God’s word more vividly and meaningfully, especially in poetry and prophecy.


Water and feet washing in particular is an iconic symbol in Scripture. It symbolizes cleansing, purification and salvation – even its use to destroy evil like when Pharoah used water from the Red Sea against Pharaoh’s charioteers (Numbers 20:8-11) or Jesus turning water into wine at Cana (John 2:1-11) can provide strength.

Given its prominence within biblical contexts, its meaning should be carefully considered. The Bible contains numerous symbols with differing interpretations, yet all share one central theme: God’s grace and love.

Doves symbolize the Holy Spirit because they come to rest upon Jesus after He is baptized (Matthew 3:16), offering an important reminder that His love endures even the toughest trials, while His justice and wisdom keep believers flourishing like valleys renewed by rain showers. Deep waters in your dreams could indicate challenges are ahead and that you need God’s assistance as David did against Goliath (Psalms 69:1-3). Jesus advises believers to drink from “rivers of living water”, likening this special reception that occurred post Christ’s death for those who believed.


Symbols found throughout Scripture often depicting events or people. Water is used as a representation of both God’s judgment (Red Sea, Pharoah’s Charioteers) and grace (Jesus at the Well with Samarian Woman) while bread stands for life and sustenance. Gold symbolizes wealth, while oil symbolizes blessings and abundance. Other animals, natural objects and man-made items used as symbols include animals such as elephants. Sun, moon, stars, rain, lightning storms mountains sand rivers seas are used to represent Gods glory. Humans and non-human animals alike play an integral part in Scripture, representing both strength and loyalty while serpents, scorpions, and locusts symbolize evil. Additionally, many natural events and elements stand as metaphors of God’s wrath, love, and power.

Symbolism in the Bible is essential because it allows our finite minds to grasp concepts which would otherwise be impossible to express with words alone. They serve as powerful reminders of our most deeply held beliefs, helping us live more fully lives. There are numerous interpretations available for the Bible’s symbols; we should always rely on God’s Word when making interpretations. By doing this, our understanding of its symbols will deepen.


Biblical symbols come in many shapes and forms; from nature (such as sun, moon, clouds, wind, thunder/lightning/rain/snow), prophetic actions such as Jeremiah buying land occupied by Babylonians (Jer 32:6-44) or Ezekiel lying 390 days on his left side and 40 on the right (2:4-8), or manmade items like shoes swords girdles lamps yokes crowns hats bread etc.

One of the most iconic symbols used by Christians today is a cross. Christian congregations display them outside their churches and wear small crosses as jewelry to remind themselves of their faith; many carry small ones with them at all times to be reminded. A cross symbolizes Jesus’ sacrifice which made salvation possible and allows believers to celebrate his sacrifice through eternal salvation.

Bread is a globally staple food, and consumed at every meal. There is an enormous range of forms containing different flours, leavening agents and ingredients. Some types are more nutritious than others; those looking for optimal nutrition should select bread with lower amounts of fat and sugar content as an optimal choice; bread from sprouted grains is another healthier alternative as its nutrients become readily available to their bodies more rapidly.

Bread has long been seen as a symbol of sinfulness and has formed the basis of many Christian sacraments and secular cultural practices, from Eucharistic celebrations to “bread and circuses.” Even American slang uses bread in this manner – for instance “dough” was popular during 19th century American usage and Beatniks would use phrases like “bread and circuses” when speaking sarcastically of circuses in 1950s beatnik culture.


Reading the Bible, you may notice a multitude of symbols used to add color, emotion and emphasis to its text. They could be visual like crosses or crucifixes or action based like bride and groom exchanging rings at their wedding ceremony to signify joining lives together.

Blood is an iconic biblical symbol, often used to represent family relationships through birth/parentage (hence expressions such as “blood is thicker than water” and “bad blood”). Furthermore, Leviticus mentions blood more times than any other book in the Bible – reminding us to make our spiritual lives alive relationships with Him while always working towards atonement.

The Bible is full of symbols to help us better comprehend God and Christian faith. Abraham’s ram on a mountain symbolizes his willingness to sacrifice his son; Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah’s fiery furnace symbolizes their resilience against persecution; while Elijah’s ascension signifies Christ’s resurrection from death.

Another biblical symbol that represents peace is the dove, which comes from Noah and the worldwide flood narrative when an animal sent out a dove to check if the world was safe enough for repopulation. This serves as a reminder that even in our most challenging moments we can find hope and peace through Jesus.


A symbol is an image that stands for a larger idea, often making complex topics easier to grasp. For instance, Christ’s cross symbolizes His crucifixion and death – reminding us that His love was so great that He willingly died for our sins.

Another biblical symbol that reminds us that we can trust Him for all our needs is fish. Reminiscent of how Jesus fed thousands with five loaves and two fish, it symbolizes both Jesus’ miraculous acts as well as God’s provision.

As we study the Bible, it’s essential that we remember its symbols often have multiple interpretations. Remembering this fact helps keep things interesting: biblical passages often use figurative language with literal interpretation leading to absurd results if possible; symbols may be present if this approach fails.

The key to understanding biblical symbols lies in letting the Bible interpret itself. When encountering any symbol from scripture, be sure to look at its context and utilize related verses as guides. Over time, you’ll come to discover deeper meanings which can impact your life positively; investing your time here will yield rewards in terms of wisdom from above! Furthermore, we should pray for guidance when approaching Biblical symbols so we don’t misinterpret them!


The Bible contains numerous symbols, some easily understood while others require additional time and study to fully grasp. We shouldn’t let that deter us; any powerful, life-altering book requires our efforts if we wish to fully appreciate its truths.

Symbolism plays an essential part in both poetry and prophetic sections of the Bible, such as when Solomon called his bride “a lily among thorns” (Song of Solomon 2:1). Prophecy also utilizes symbols frequently, with Isaiah using cedar trees to represent strength (Isaiah 10:18).

Some of the more notable biblical symbols include the Alpha and Omega, the cross, and the vine. The Alpha and Omega symbolizes both beginnings and ends, as they point towards Christ (Revelation 22:13). Meanwhile, crosses are a timeless reminder of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf; many people display crosses outside their churches or carry one as an icon of faith and God’s love.

There are hundreds of biblical symbols, but these are some of the most significant. When reading through your Bible, take time to look out for these various images and consider what they represent for you personally. As you study more scriptures, the more profound and life-altering messages they contain will become clear to you.

Post Author: Steve Gonzalez