The Root and the Branches

ISRAEL (JEWS):
…lest you be wise in your sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery…: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved…
…through their (Israel’s) trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.”
Romans 11:25-26a

GENTILES (Non Jews):
“I magnify my ministry… in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world. what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
…and if the root (Jesus) is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do NOT be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in”. That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith.

So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.

Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.

For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!”
Romans 11:14-22, 30-33.

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Banyan tree in Beverly Hills

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