Real Life Expository Study Devotional:Day

The Gentiles now the church of our Lord Jesus Christ was a wild olive tree that was joint to a cultivated olive tree, therefore, we must not be carried away, pride must not have a place in our hearts because if we do not continue in God’s goodness and in the faith of our Lord as taught by the apostles, we will be rejected — cut off too

Day 26:  But watch it!

 

‘‘Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.’’ Rom. 11: 20 – 21

 

Additional reading: Prov. 28: 14; Isa. 66: 2; Eph. 6: 5; Phil. 2: 12

God rejected His first church (the congregation of Israel that came out from Egypt), which He raised through Abraham because they sought after God through the works of their hands. Can God also deal in the same measure, if His second church, which He has raised through His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ fails Him?

It is a fact that the rejection of Israel ushered in the salvation of all nations just as God promised Abraham that through him all nations of the earth will be blessed. However, this is not to say that those who believe now should go on sinning that grace may abound. Paul was quick to warn: ‘‘Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.’’

‘‘Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded [hypselophroneo … to be lofty in mind, i.e. arrogant], but fear [phobeo … to frighten, to be in awe of, i.e. revere, reverence]: For if God spared [pheidomai … to be chary of, to abstain, or to treat leniently] not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.’’

Paul warned that the church should not be arrogant — proud, rather we should live in reverence or awe of God knowing that if God did not shy away from taking a severe action against Israel (the natural branch) or treat their unbelief with leniency, the church will no wise get a better treatment — God will not be lenient, will not be cautious, will not be reluctant to deal decisive with anyone who went against His divine order.

‘‘…So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen. For if God did not spare the original branches, he won’t spare you either.’’ (NLT). ‘‘So don’t get cocky and strut your branch. Be humbly mindful of the root that keeps you lithe and green. If God didn’t think twice about taking pruning shears to the natural branches, why should he hesitate over you? he won’t give a second thought.’’ (MSG). This warning is clear enough.

Before now, Paul had made a distinction between the natural branches, i.e. the Jews and the Gentiles he described as wild olive tree that was grafted into the main body to partake of the riches of the natural branches. Still talking in the same vein, he declared: ‘‘You Gentiles are like branches of a wild olive tree that were made to be part of a cultivated olive tree. You have taken the place of some branches that were cut off from it. And because of this, you enjoy the blessings that come from being part of that cultivated tree. But don’t think that you are better than the branches that were cut away. Just remember that you are not supporting the roots of that tree. Its roots are supporting you.’’ (Vv. 17 – 18 CEV).

The Gentiles now the church of our Lord Jesus Christ was a wild olive tree that was joint to a cultivated olive tree, therefore, we must not be carried away, pride must not have a place in our hearts because if we do not continue in God’s goodness and in the faith of our Lord as taught by the apostles, we will be rejected — cut off too, God will not bat an eyelid about it. We must not think that we are in any way better than the Jews — why? ‘‘..Just remember that you are not supporting the roots of that tree. Its roots are supporting you.’’

The church must, therefore, watch it as it stands the risk of being cut off. The life of every member of the church should be in holy reverence of the LORD if Christ is to receive her as His bride on the last day.

Meditation: So I risk losing eternity if I do not continue in the goodness of God and in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Prayer: My strength may fail me but I pray that You help my faith by the Holy Spirit.

Questions: (1) How did Paul describe Gentiles? (2) What must the church do to inherit eternal salvation?

 

 

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