Skip to main content

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .


Romans 11:24
[24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV)

We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness.

There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed.

After Jesus Christ came to earth something changed. The way of faith was directly through Jesus . Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. (John 14:6)"  Those who refused to place their faith in Jesus Christ gave evidence that they were not true branches of this spiritual tree.

While many of the Jews refused to believe, many of the Gentiles were grafted into the tree as wild offshoots. When the Jews return to their faith at some time in the future they will be grafted in as natural branches, not as wild offshoots like the Gentiles. This very day there are Jews who have come back to the tree of faith, as natural branches, not as wild offshoots.

Whether you are an original branch or a wild offshoot, be sure that you are connected, by faith, to God. The way of faith for all of us is through one tree, the cross. Place your faith in Jesus Christ.


Comments

  1. I really appreciate your work which you have shared here about the Olive Tree. The article you have shared here is very informative and the points you have mentioned are very helpful. Thank you so much. Restoration Hardware Olive Trees

    ReplyDelete
  2. I admire this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I am really impressed by the way you detailed everything. I got so involved in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. I am impressed with your work and skill. Thank you so much. Grown Olive Trees For Sale.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanking you for such an informative article. Great job for publishing such a nice article. Complete rich content and fully informative. Very well written article. Your way of writing and making things clear is very impressive. Mature Olive Trees for Sale.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It’s a great pleasure reading your post. It’s useful information. It was awesome article to read. Complete rich content and fully informative. Thanks for sharing this article here. Old Olive Trees for Sale.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It was awesome article to read. Complete rich content and fully informative. The article you have shared here is very informative and the points you have mentioned are very helpful. Thank you so much. Purchase Old Olive Trees.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18
[18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)

Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic.

Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison.

Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death, being ston…

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14
[14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV)

The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers.

Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church.

This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to the Word of…

Romans 15:16: To Be A Minister Of Christ Jesus To The Gentiles In The Priestly Service Of The Gospel Of God

Romans 15:16
[16] to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (ESV)

The time of the Early Church was a time of great transition. Up until Christ coming and bringing redemption to all who believer the people of faith were the Jews. If you wanted to worship God the only appropriate way was to go through a priest who would offer sacrifices on your behalf to God. All of the sacrificial system was fulfilled in Christ. Now, there was a new way to righteousness.

This time of transition was a challenge for all involved. The Jews had to move from an approach to God that involved keeping the Law. The Law was fulfilled in Christ. Now the way of salvation was a way of faith. There were some traditional aspects that were now gone. It was hard for them to move away from their traditions. It is hard for all of us to move from our traditions.

For the Gentile convert…