Connected to the Source-Romans 11:13-24

Romans 11:13-24 “I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. 22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
Romani 11:13-24 « Parlo a voi, stranieri; in quanto sono apostolo degli stranieri, faccio onore al mio ministero, 14 sperando in qualche maniera di provocare la gelosia di quelli del mio sangue, e di salvarne alcuni. 15 Infatti, se il loro ripudio è stato la riconciliazione del mondo, che sarà la loro riammissione, se non un rivivere dai morti? 16 Se la primizia è santa, anche la massa è santa; se la radice è santa, anche i rami sono santi. 17 Se alcuni rami sono stati troncati, mentre tu, che sei olivo selvatico, sei stato innestato al loro posto e sei diventato partecipe della radice e della linfa dell’olivo, 18 non insuperbirti contro i rami; ma se ti insuperbisci, sappi che non sei tu che porti la radice, ma è la radice che porta te. 19 Allora tu dirai: «Sono stati troncati i rami perché fossi innestato io». 20 Bene: essi sono stati troncati per la loro incredulità e tu rimani stabile per la fede; non insuperbirti, ma temi. 21 Perché se Dio non ha risparmiato i rami naturali, non risparmierà neppure te. 22 Considera dunque la bontà e la severità di Dio: la severità verso quelli che sono caduti; ma verso di te la bontà di Dio, purché tu perseveri nella sua bontà; altrimenti, anche tu sarai reciso. 23 Allo stesso modo anche quelli, se non perseverano nella loro incredulità, saranno innestati; perché Dio ha la potenza di innestarli di nuovo. 24 Infatti se tu sei stato tagliato dall’olivo selvatico per natura e sei stato contro natura innestato nell’olivo domestico, quanto più essi, che sono i rami naturali, saranno innestati nel loro proprio olivo.”
 
     Paul has been speaking about his own people, the Jews, who have rejected Jesus as the Messiah; some because of religious traditions and others because of the hardness of their heart or unbelief (vv. 7-12). His metaphor describes them as branches that have been cut off. He then moves to address the Gentiles who have come to salvation through Jesus Christ. Paul, who has been called to be the apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9:13), gives an important message to the Gentile Christians who have been grafted into the branch of the tree of God. 
     His message is a sharp reminder that what has been done for them is contingent on them remaining in the branch. If the natural branch has been broken off, the grafted in branches also have the potential to be cut off if the same acceptance of religious tradition and hardness of heart (unbelief) invades the life in the branch. In order to give full weight to his argument, he reminds the Gentile Christians that they do not support the root…the root supports them. Since the root is the source of all nourishment for the tree, remaining connected to the source of life is the only way life can be sustained and potential fruit can develop.
     By tying together the standard for both Jew and Gentile, Paul unifies the truth that everyone is subject to the same law in both the kindness and sternness of God (v. 22). Today may be a good time for us to take stock and examine how strongly the source of God is flowing in our life.
Pray with me: Lord, I see that Your salvation through Jesus Christ is graciously offered to all who believe. Help me to remember that my spiritual life is only as good as my connection to the Source.


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