The olive tree and its branches…

Romans 11:22-24

Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

The sovereignty of God is displayed.  He shows goodness and he shows severity. (other translations state sternness)  The Gentile is grafted into his family because they believe, the Jew has been cut-off from their place because they do not believe.  It has nothing to do with who we are and everything to do with faith.  When we believe, we are grafted in and become a member of God’s family.  That holds for both the Gentile and the Jew.  We are not there by birth, by race, because our parents’ had faith.  The only requirement for being grafted into the olive tree of God’s family is to believe Him.  He took care of the rest.  So the family of humanity all equally have opportunity to enter the family of God.  What is required is faith.  He shows goodness and severity dependant upon our belief.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

“For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness.” 

 

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