A Grafted Branch – Part 2

grafted branchFrom the Word of God: Romans 11:19-27 – You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 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. 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? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”

Where has the antipathy for Israel and the Jews come from throughout church history? Did we just read where and why it has reared its ugly head? Is this the undercurrent that feeds covenant/replacement theology? God knows human nature all too well. This is why Paul under the inspiration of the Spirit addressed this, and why some have, by and large, ignored it. PRIDE!!! {“Naa, naa, naa, naa, naa, you Jews were broken off so we could be put in your place, naa, naa, naa, naa, naa!”} Stop that!!! You have no boast, but only humility and fear. There have been too many occasions where puffed up unnatural branches have jeered the natural branches. What does the scripture say about not being ignorant of this mystery now revealed?… About not being wise in our own opinion?

A Christian radio talk show host stated that the miraculous rebirth of the nation of Israel was simply a series of coincidences. This from a man who continually teaches his listeners on a daily basis that God is involved in the simplest aspects of our lives and our world. Ohh, but, not the Jewish people returning to their homeland after nineteen hundred years. God had nothing to do with that. That would fly in the face of his covenant/replacement theology. What haughtiness! What prideful unnatural branches some are! These are living examples of just what the apostle speaks of and warns against in the scripture above.

Our generation is witnessing the miraculous workings of God as revealed in the 37th chapter of Ezekiel. We have seen the dry bones come together and we have seen life enter into them. Now we await the Spirit to be put in which the Lord promises to do through the prophet, Zechariah: “I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” And the natural branches will be grafted in again through the Lord Jesus Christ. Halleluiah, what an awesome God we have!

Are you a grafted branch from a wild olive tree? Do you believe and claim the natural branches are dead and done? You are on the wrong side of truth. And it matters.

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