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School of Divinity Seal
Explanation of the Seal
Louisiana College Caskey School of Divinity
Shields have been used in family crests and coats of arms since the twelfth century without any spiritual significance. However, in this seal the shield is rich with meaning, reminding us of “the shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16). The shield expresses some of the most important truths of our faith, the beliefs on which this school is founded.
The crimson red is reminiscent of the shed blood of our Savior, whose sacrificial death is the sole means of the forgiveness of sins (1 Peter 1:18-19).
The royal blue is reminiscent of Jesus’ identity as King, and the obligation of every believer to surrender to His ruling authority (Colossians 1:13).
The principal symbols of the seal are the cross, on which our Lord suffered and died to provide forgiveness of our sins, and an empty tomb, from which our Lord was raised in victory over sin and death. These truths are indispensable to the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
The scroll on the top left of the shield represents the Old Testament. The codex at the top right of the shield represents the New Testament. These symbols express the biblical preacher’s commit to proclaim “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) from the teachings of both the Prophets and Apostles. The cross is superimposed between these two symbols to remind the preacher that all Scripture is to be interpreted Christocentrically since all Scripture bears testimony to Jesus (Luke 24:27).
The empty tomb at the bottom of the seal is designed to represent an altar table. This reminds the preacher of the need to present himself to God as a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” as a spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1). This self-sacrifice ensures that the minister will bear the character demanded of him in 1 Timothy 3.
Beneath the seal rests two palm fronds that are reminiscent of the instruments of praise employed during Jesus’ triumphal entry (Matthew 21:8). These symbols remind us that all theology should lead to doxology. They show that Jesus is not only the Savior who forgave us or the King who rules over us, but also God incarnate who is worthy of all our praise.
2 Timothy 4:2 urges the pastor to “Preach the Word” and we regard this as the primary responsibility of the pastor.
2 Timothy 4:5 urges the pastor to “do the work of an evangelist.” Thus the pastor must not only proclaim the word within the walls of the church; he must bear the gospel to the lost in his community and to the ends of the earth.