The Concept of Creation
To understand what heritage is you need to understand the concept of creation. The concept of creation of man is embedded in “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth”. (Gen 1:26). This concept was empowered by God’s blessing “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Gen 1:28).
Man’s disobedience that progressed into rebellion and the consequent destruction of the world with flood did not diminish God’s love for His special creature, man. Thus, you find Him improving on the blessing in “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered” (Gen 9:1-2). However, an important element of the blessing had been removed “and subdue it” which is consequent from “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it …In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground” (Gen 3:17-19) coupled with “…in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Gen 3:16).
If in the broad sense you perceive heritage as that which is inherited, that is, everything which the ancestors bequeath in the form of landscapes, structures, objects, traditions, ethics and values then humanity has been bequeathed with pain, sorrow, difficulties, death. Our heritage from Adam is summed up by Apostle Paul in “There is none righteous, no, not one…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:10-23).
Earlier Isaiah gave the same warning with a ray of hope “… your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. …And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob…” (Isa 59:1-21)
God’s Love Manifesting
But God’s love manifested instantly in (i) His provision of liberation through “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen 3:15); (ii) His actualisation of the provision through Abraham “…and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen 12:3) in “Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Mic 5:2); (iii) God’s refusal to curse man “cursed is the ground for thy sake” (Gen 3:17) while the serpent was “thou art cursed above all cattle” (Gen 3:14).
This redemption plan was revealed to David in “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name” (Ps 111:9). Man’s incapability to redeem himself manifests in God’s compassionate proclamation “all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob” (Isa 49:26) by making Christ’s “soul an offering for sin” (Isa 53:10); a fulfilment of God’s proclamation in “…it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen 3:15). That Jesus Christ is the Saviour is revealed in His first appearance in the synagogue after the temptation when His first opening of the scriptures took Him to “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me… anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor… heal the brokenhearted…preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind… set at liberty them that are bruised… preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19). Apostle Paul, a one-time devout Pharisee, declared after his encounter with the Lord “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Gal 3:13-14).
It is this faith you are called into. You’ll become a new creation; “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10).
The Benefits of the Redemption through the Christ
The offering of Jesus Christ has created a change in man’s heritage; but only to those who believe.
The blessing of Christ has swallowed and dissolved the curse of the law from being operational in your life; the most serious of which is spiritual death. This was what happened when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Their bodies did not die immediately but their spirits died, they lost the divine connection they had with God. They got connected with the devil; the devil became their father and they took up his nature.
Again Paul declared it is by grace “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God…Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith (Rom 3:24-30).
The Impact of the redemption Plan on Mankind
Everywhere Christianity has been able to penetrate culture and society; it has created a heritage that even atheist regimes couldn’t entirely cause to disappear: the humanization of culture which touches the heart of civilization.
The concept of the person, the inalienable dignity of every human being and tolerance towards those of other religions spring from the Christian message. Every person, irrespective of age, race or sex is a beloved child of the Creator, and God became man so as to save each one of us.
You received the Adamic heritage at birth; irrespective of the level of faith of your parents. God has, however, made a plan of redemption for you to enter into the Jesuit heritage of eternal life through His Son Jesus. This Jesus is saying to you “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6) with an assurance that “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).
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