Israel, The “Olive Tree”
4-28-17, In the Bible's New Testament, Romans 9, 10 and 11* we learn great detail about God’s covenants with the Israelites – beginning with Abraham, continuing through Moses, the prophets and the Gentiles.
In Romans 9-11 the passage is symbolic representing something else in the context of God’s covenants with the Israelites representing various parts of the olive tree as follows:
– The “natural branches” represent individual genetic Jews
– The “wild olive shoots” represent Gentiles [non Jews]
– The “root” of the tree represents God’s covenant promises to the patriarchs – Abraham, Issac and Jacob
Romans 11:19-22 "You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Were they broken off because of unbelief? [Also see Matthew 3:7-9 **]
Gentiles have become full heirs of God’s promises to the patriarchs . This harmonizes with the “one new humanity” metaphor that Paul uses in Ephesians Chapter 2.
However, Gentile Christians should not consider themselves to be “superior” to Jews – because after all, Jews are the “natural” heirs of God's promises.
* Romans 9 here
** Romans 11 here www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+11&version=KJV
& Matthew 3 here
Excerpted from: http://lhim.org/blog/2013/01/27/the-olive-tree-symbolism-in-romans-11/
4-21-21, We must obey God. Psalm 119:1-8 Jesus' sacrifice doesn't give us permission to commit sin. Romans 6:2 His sacrifice gives us the path to forgiveness; but THEN we cannot deliberately, repeatedly & without regret go back to our sinful ways. If we do that, we were never born again in the first place. Repent, turn to the Lord for salvation. John 3:3, 7; Hebrews 6:4-6
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2-12-21, When we look at the truth of God and His requirement for salvation we realize there's only two 'religions.' WORKS or FAITH': Whether it be Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism that all preach doing certain 'works' to achieve forgiveness and eternal life with God; OR FAITH: repentance and trust in the finish work of Jesus living for Him. Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:36.
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
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