Much if not all of my work is based on personal experience and Biblical principles. The above illustration is based on the following scriptures:
1 Corinthians 5:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 3:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
The figure in the painting is being burned alive but his head is stretched pulling away from his body watching his own demise. He is also holding a spear to help the process along.
I believe the word “flesh” in the above scripture is referring to our sinful nature. The part of us all that needs to eventually be destroyed so that the spirit within us (Christ) will live. It is a process that we all must go through at one point or another. At first we don’t want to. At first we fight it kicking and screaming, but eventually we grow to detest our own sinful nature , hence the spear, yet we still hold on to our old selves, living in this sort of double-mindedness. It is a slow process. We die daily:
1 Corinthians 15:31 New King James Version (NKJV)31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
The figure is missing a thumb on his left hand making it difficult to hold and aim the spear. This symbolizes are hesitation in letting go of our past, our old self.
The blue in the figure’s eye symbolizes “the spirit of God” as he is now beginning to see things with spiritual eyes. The red on the body symbolizes the flesh.