Bible Color Coding Systems should be tailored to you, and the categories should be meaningful to you as well. I looked over countless color coding keys made by other people, and I thought they were great. However, I found myself thinking “I like this, but I wouldn’t ever use that specific category…” or “I think those two categories could be merged into one.” and lastly “That color reminds me more of this topic instead…“
Before I knew it, I had customized a Bible Color Coding System completely for myself! Yellow is my favorite color (with Pink as a close second) and I personally do not relate yellow with the “sin” category in my mind (as many other systems have yellow for sin), but rather with Wisdom and Praise. If yellow is your least favorite color, then you might associate the sin category together with this color.
The colors we choose should not be random, but well thought out and meaningful to us and the way we see colors. I chose Purple for Christ’s category because it reminds me of Royalty. Blue reminds me of peace, and nature and I chose it for God because when I think of Him I feel calmness and peace. My Blue category contains the Godhead as a whole, but I decided to give the incarnate Christ His own category additionally to focus on deeper aspects of His personal presence through the Old and New Testament.
Here is my personal Bible Color Coding System that I have printed out and is pasted in the inside front cover of my NKJV Journaling Bible.
Update 4/2021 since implementing this system, I have made the following additions: to the Blue category I added “Forgiveness”, to the Yellow category I added “Repentance” and to the Green category I added “Prophets”.
Now let’s get to the most important part of this post: Application. How do I take the above chart and apply it in my study?
Let’s go through a few examples for each category with verses to look at using the above chart.
For the Blue category I would highlight… Galatians 5:22, Genesis 2:4, Isaiah 41:10
For the Purple category I would highlight… Genesis 22:1-13, Matthew 7, Revelation 1:7
For the Yellow category I would highlight… Psalm 150:1-6, Proverbs 2:10, Deuteronomy 6:5
For the Pink category I would highlight… Genesis 2:18, Proverbs 31:10-31, 1 Timothy 2:9-10
For the Green category I would highlight… Matthew 1:1-17, Numbers 1:21, Genesis 41:25
For the Orange category I would highlight… Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 6:11-16, Matthew 4:3
I hope this post gave you inspiration and ideas for implementing your own Bible Color Coding System! Perhaps you even did a mini-Bible study looking up the verse examples in the above demo. Leave any comments below with what categories you use and even examples for us to dig in to as well.