“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” (Romans 11:24).
Peter said God made us living stones to build a temple. In this passage from Romans, Paul describes God’s work in us by pointing to the tree of Abraham, the root from which all of God’s promises have been fulfilled. Gentile Christians—people who believe in Jesus but are not descended from Abraham—are “wild olive branches,” which God prunes and grafts into the tree of Abraham. By faith in Messiah, these Gentiles are the adopted children of Abraham and are saved by the same promise God gave Abraham and his descendants.
God has not forgotten the natural sons of Abraham, the Jewish people. The wild branches do not replace the natural branches, but increase the fullness of the tree. Although Israel’s hard hearted disbelief caused many of them to be cut off, God will use your joyful life in Christ to make Israel envious for what they have forsaken. When they do believe, God will graft these natural branches back into the tree of Abraham.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for giving me faith. Show me how to live so that others will see Jesus. Amen.
As We Wait: God keeps His promises, to the children of Abraham and to you. Always live as His child, expecting the best from your Father!