reply to post by jmdewey60
Except that the Bible says neither one of those things. The word "grafted" comes up in Romans 11 where the branches cut off is Israel and we are
grafted into the tree of God's blessing, replacing Israel.
Romans 11:18 "Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root,BUT THE ROOT THEE."
Ephesians 2:12 "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope, and without God in the world:"
Israel was never replaced. He was warning against boasting that since the branches were cut off, we are now replacing them as "the Church" when
in fact he even mentions that if Yahweh did not spare the natural branches He might not spare you either. The root of the faith bears you, not the
other way around. Now through the Messiah, the gate of the sheep, we who were once Gentiles can be grafted in to the olive tree.
This is not my opinion or any other man's doctrine. This is strictly Scriptural and the definitions are defined by Scripture. By the way, if there
was no New Testament, what Scriptures does the New Testament refer to at the time of writing? The Old Testament and the Torah. Torah is simply
"instruction." The New Testament is inspired Scripture, but at the time of writing keep in mind that the Bereans were called to search the
Scriptures to find out if "these things were so." It stands to reason that the Scriptures would then be the Old Testament. Not a stretch at all.
Now a word to everyone else:
Galatians 3:13 "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that
hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 3:14 "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through
Galatians 3:15 "Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth
Galatians 3:16 "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is
Galatians 3:17 "And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years
after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
Galatians3:18 "For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise."
Notice that in these verses in Galatians that Christ redeemed us from the CURSE
of the Law or instructions not the actual instructions.
Also make note here that the Law does not dis-annul the covenant with Abraham that all nations would be blessed through his seed. Does this in any way
state that because the inheritance was given by a promise that the Law is abolished? No, all it states is that the inheritance was by a promise, not
through the Law making it not of promise. Believers in the Messiah worldwide must understand the Apostle Paul in context or we will never reconcile
the seeming contradictions that would not even exist if there were no denominational biased interpretation of Scripture today.
Jeremiah 6:16 "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths
, where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, We will not walk therein."
Does this sound familiar?
Matthew 11:29 "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
Malachi 4:4 "Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. "
This verse in Malachi is in the context of the Second Coming and the End of Days.
Isaiah 8:20 "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
Is the Book of Isaiah lying?
Re-examine what you think you know. Do not be like the hypocritical Pharisees of the time of Jesus. Let go of man made doctrines and traditions,
and come back to the truth of the Word.