There are times that we need to be reminded of how great the grace of God is. Paul does this in a very unique way in Romans 11 where he points out that Israel rejected the offer of reconciliation in Jesus the Messiah, but this open the door for the Gentile to be “grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree” (11:17). This is grace. God did not need to reach out beyond Israel to us, “but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4–5).
Scripture is very consistent and clear that this salvation, being connected to the root (Jesus Christ) has nothing to do with anything we have done that would merit God’s favor. To this point, Paul warns that we must “not be arrogant toward the branches [that] were broken off because of their unbelief” so we could be grafted into the root (Romans 11:18-19). This root (Christ) is what gives us life and ability to become fruitful for God. We cannot boast in anything of ourselves. Anything we accomplish is because of Christ, because He is the source and power to be fruitful for God.
“So, do not become proud, but fear…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” (11:20-22). Let this remind us of God’s amazing grace that has connected us to the living root!
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