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The OT Messianic Expectations as fulfilled in the Incarnation of Jesus – Points for Reflection for Christians (Published)

That Jesus is the Messiah is acclaimed and professed by Christians right from the early times.  That he is the Messiah who has been expected right from the OT times could also be said to be common knowledge for many Christians.  But what this statement actually means as well as its full implications are not clear to many people, Christians and non-Christians alike.  This paper, therefore, sets out to explain how the OT messianic expectations are fulfilled in the Incarnation of Jesus, a term that encompasses Jesus’ earthly life, ministry, death and resurrection, i.e. the entire mystery of Christ’s redemptive work.   The method employed in this work is historical-theological, augmented with the Historical Critical method, when necessary, in the analysis of pertinent biblical passages.  The information is that the people of Israel in the OT were, in different epochs, always expecting a Messiah, a liberator to be sent by God.  They associated this Messiah with the successive kings of the Davidic dynasty through the Oracle of Nathan in 2 Sam 7:12, on the one hand, and with other historical and messianic figures, on the other.  But after the exile, during the last pre-Christian centuries of Palestinian Judaism, these expectations narrowed down to an individual liberator and ultimately to Jesus, in the NT, as is amply explained in many NT passages.  The recommendation is for all Christians to recognize and cherish the depth of our Christian heritage in the OT and in the lives of the people of Israel, a depth which gloriously highlights God’s universal plan of salvation as one.  All this would invariably lead Christians to the greater appreciation of their faith and its praxis as well as further enhance Jewish Christian relationship as one commonly founded on a single divinely instituted history of salvation.  This work is also a very useful tool for all teachers and students of religion, as well as biblical scholars and researchers, in the pursuit of their various endeavours.

Citation: Emmanuel U. Dim (2022) The OT Messianic Expectations as fulfilled in the Incarnation of Jesus – Points for Reflection for Christians, Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.10, No.7, pp.15-30

Keywords: Christians, Davidic dynasty, Incarnation, messiah

The Land Use Act 1978 Vis-À-Vis Secured Credit Transactions in Nigeria: Monster Or Messiah? (Published)

The Land Use Act 1978 remains the densest exposition of the legal framework as far as matters connected with and pertaining to land in Nigeria is concerned. Since its emergence on the Nigeria legal firmament Forty-One (41) years ago, the Land Use Act 1978 has been the principal and/or chief legislation regulating land tenure, ownership and its incidents in Nigeria. This article periscopes ‘The Land Use Act 1978 vis-à-vis Secured Credit Transactions in Nigeria: Monster or Messiah?’ This article reveals and alludes to the truism which is, namely, that the Land Use Act 1978 which was enacted to address the uncoordinated, informal and apparently anachronistic tenurial arrangements in Nigeria on the one hand has become the albatross of jurisprudence of secured credit transactions in Nigeria on the other hand. This article recommends a repeal of the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which stipulates the entrenchment of the Land Use Act 1978, which in turn will prompt the latter to be in tandem with the changes in dynamics of modern day needs and/or demands.

Keywords: Nigeria monster, land use act 1978, messiah, secured credit transactions