WHOSE DAUGHTER ARE YOU?
I am very delighted to introduce our mother, Deaconess Mrs. Adiaha Jimmy Ukobo – A widow for about 49 years, as a brand of womanhood from above. One may be asking ‘what do you mean by that? To understand better what I mean by making such a bold statement, I will employ you to patiently follow me as I paint the picture of our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is a true reflection of heaven’s brand of womanhood.
WHAT IS A BRAND?
The dictionary meaning of the word brand is – “a type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.” Branding as a Verb; means “to mark on a product as a proof of ownership”. (Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defines).
- To mark out ownership of a particular product
- As a mark of identity
- To give an edge in the face of competition
- To distinguish from other brands.
So, the meaning of the word brand signifies a product that is conceptualized, designed, produced, named, and marketed by the owner, who imprints its mark on the product for proper identification. There are unique characteristics that distinguishes one brand from the other. Putting it another way, your identity is your brand. Recently I stayed in a hotel and saw that everything was clearly branded with the name of the hotel, from bed sheets and pillow covers to their soap and towels, etc. The idea of the importance of branding came alive again in my mind.
God has appointed Christ as a WORTHY BRAND over all things and set him as king over all the earth (Revelation 5:4-5; Hebrews 1:1-2; Psalm 2:1-12). God made the perfect brand of humans at creation, 2 but the fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought corruption to the brand, resulting in the creation of a counterfeit. Satan, who initiated the creation of the counterfeit in the Garden of Eden, has since multiplied his kind all over the earth.
Through Christ who died and was raised to save us, we have a second chance to be recreated/ reborn with the original brand, to reclaim our significance, purpose, and identity. This redemptive plan recreates a new man and woman, with the configuration of the original brand before the fall. The Lord Jesus is the Heavenly brand that purchased the entire humanity with his blood, to recapture every counterfeit of His brand, purify and restore it to its original state.
However, for us to reclaim back the original brand, we must reject the counterfeit brand in its entirety. This can only be achieved by repenting of all our sins and accepting Christ’s redemptive sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. John 1:12 says “But as many as received him, to them gave He power (authority, privilege, right) to become sons of God, even to them that believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) on his name.” the restored original brand is spiritual in nature, as it is the product of rebirth by the holy spirit.
While humans can only produce human life, which is a natural life and a brand of inferior quality and nature; life in Christ which is of superior quality and nature can only be birthed by the Holy Spirit. Thus, the Holy Spirit places a seal of ownership on a life that is restored to the original brand. The Holy Spirit in the life of a man is the primary indicator of the authenticity of the life, as well as its conformity with the brand from heaven.
Another name for the brand from heaven is’ Christ’s Brand’. As the scripture says “Since you have been raised to a new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life and your life is hidden in Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you’ll share in all his glory.”