God has the power to graft them in again

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 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. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 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 11:17-24

I am adopted and unless you are Jewish, so are you. As a Gentile I was a wild shoot not a part of God’s chosen people. Yet God through Jesus grafted me onto the tree of life and I am now a son of God. A few days ago I got to witness a baby dedication at the church our daughters belong to. The young boy, Samuel, being dedicated was adopted. He was from Africa and the parents form the Humble, TX area. A dark skinned boy and two light skinned parents but where once they were separated by thousands of mile now they are a family. Once Samuel was adopted he had all the rights of child that was the parents’ blood relation. There is now no difference between Samuel and any brothers and sister he may have in the future.

For us the same is true. We are now a part of God’s chosen with all the rights. We are His children. Grafted into the family tree. Yet even as we believers as Gentiles are grafted into God’s family so too can the Jew be put back into the family. All they have to do is accept that God’s Messiah has already come and He is Jesus. They have not forfeited their right to join God’s family, only delayed it. God has not forgotten them. He wants them to return to Him. Christians have not replaced the Jews we have joined them in God’s family. And we wait for those who have still not made a choice for Jesus to reclaim their birthright.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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