Originally posted by jmdewey60
reply to post by daikaiju
Take a flight to Israel with a few New Testaments in your luggage and let me know how your trip went.
It is by the mercy of God that we are grafted into the olive tree.
RO 11:13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry in the hope that I may somehow
arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life
from the dead? 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.
RO 11:17 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, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports
you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in." Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you
stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
RO 11:22 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. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in
again. 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!
RO 11:25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part
until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
"The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
RO 11:27 And this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins."
RO 11:28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of
the patriarchs, for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result
of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you. For
God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.