REDEMPTIVE NARRATIVE

For those of us in the faith, understanding our purpose, and making sense of all of life, what we do and where it all ends, can best be understood if we comprehend God’s Big Idea for humanity. His Big Idea is revealed in the meta-narrative of the Holy Bible and comprises essentially of four interwoven stories – Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.

Episode 1

CREATION

The Creation story tells us where do I come from, and what and how life ought to be

God created the earth and made man in His own image – Imago Dei – ( Genesis 1:27). We were created to be in an abiding relationship with Him, have fellowship and communion with Him, and to reflect His image to the world. He intended for us to exercise His sovereignty over his entire creation and the earth was to be His colony. He commissioned us to be His regents to steward and manage the earth and all of creation according to His ways and purpose to bring about human flourishing. God is the primary creator, and we are His co-creators. This assignment comes with the authority for us to image Him to the world so that all of humanity through an abiding relationship with Him will enjoy wholeness, wellness, and shalom.This commission is an ongoing charge popularly known as the creation or cultural mandate, revealed in Genesis 1:28: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 

The mandate calls us to populate the earth and tasks us to extend His governance over the earth and create a culture that glorifies Him. Culture is the characteristics. social behaviour, norms, and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music, and arts. The word “culture” derives from a French term, which in turn derives from the Latin “colere,” which means to tend to the earth and grow, or cultivation and nurture. He has entrusted us with cultivating His creation (Genesis 2:15). A derivative of this word, cult refers to worship. Thus the culture God requires us to create must be wrapped around Him.

Episode 2

THE FALL

The Creation story tells us where do I come from, and what and how life ought to be

God created the earth and made man in His own image – Imago Dei – ( Genesis 1:27). We were created to be in an abiding relationship with Him, have fellowship and communion with Him, and to reflect His image to the world. He intended for us to exercise His sovereignty over his entire creation and the earth was to be His colony. He commissioned us to be His regents to steward and manage the earth and all of creation according to His ways and purpose to bring about human flourishing. God is the primary creator, and we are His co-creators. This assignment comes with the authority for us to image Him to the world so that all of humanity through an abiding relationship with Him will enjoy wholeness, wellness, and shalom.This commission is an ongoing charge popularly known as the creation or cultural mandate, revealed in Genesis 1:28: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 

The mandate calls us to populate the earth and tasks us to extend His governance over the earth and create a culture that glorifies Him. Culture is the characteristics. social behaviour, norms, and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music, and arts. The word “culture” derives from a French term, which in turn derives from the Latin “colere,” which means to tend to the earth and grow, or cultivation and nurture. He has entrusted us with cultivating His creation (Genesis 2:15). A derivative of this word, cult refers to worship. Thus the culture God requires us to create must be wrapped around Him.

Episode 3

THE REDEMPTION STORY

The Redemption story tells us what and how life can be made right and glorious again.

But God is not sitting passively for He loves all of us. He has a plan of redemption for us to reclaim back the authority he first gave us but was usurped by Satan. But He has first to deal with our sins which stood in the way of reconciliation with Him. The solution: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). His only son, Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins.  “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John1:29). He paid the price to set us free from sin and bondages.

The cross is the fulfillment of His redemptive plan. His redemptive purpose is to allow us to once again exercise the authority to image Him to the world, enjoy His shalom, and point us to final restoration.

Episode 4

THE RESTORATION STORY

The Restoration story tells us what is our purpose and how life will be one day.

Through God’s redemptive act, He is restoring the world again to His original intent and design to bring wholeness, shalom, and human flourishing. He desires all of humanity to be under the kingship and Kingdom of Christ. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10.). Without a king, there will be no kingdom. The gospel of the kingdom reminds us that Jesus is not only our saviour but our King who is Lord over every area of life.

His heart is for peoples and nations to come under His redemptive purpose; hence, the Great Commission for us to disciple nations: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.. ” (Matthew 28:19,20). The authority for this has already been given to us in the creation or cultural mandate of Genesis 1:28.

As His redeemed people on earth, we are to be brokers of hope to bring shalom to the world and point them to the final restoration.when Jesus returns again.

Episode 5

OUR STRATEGIC INTENT

As God’s image-bearers, the strategic intent of all human activity must, therefore, be to serve God’s redemptive purpose. Do we bring redemptive practices in our endeavours in the world we live in? Our practices, the way we conduct our lives and relationships with others reflect our culture. Is our culture aligned with the redemptive purpose of God and His Kingdom?

We live today in a Babylonian world where the cultures and world-views of nations, as seen in their seven ‘gates’ or ‘spheres of influence’ – a) Arts, Entertainment & Sports b) Business & Finance c) Church & Religion d) Distribution, Media & Communication e) Education f) Family & Community g) Government & Law. – are opposed to God’s design.

God’s intent is for nations to come under HIs sovereignty. As His redeemed people and regents, He has entrusted us the privilege and authority to image Him to the world and re-order all of life to be under His kingship and lordship.

This is a clarion call for the body of Christ as His ‘ecclesia’ (legislature) to arise and establish His Kingdom rule and reign over nations. Hence, our vision, as Gatekeepers of His Kingdom, challenges us to transform the culture of nations, to be salt and light, be a city set on a hill (Matthew 5:13-14) and to ‘seek the welfare of the city’ (Jeremiah 29:7).