Grafted in – what does it mean? Why is replacement theology wrong?

Paul says in Romans 11:16-25

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.

20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

So how do we get from there to being a replacement for Israel? We don’t – we are grafted in. I wanted to share with you a little about what it means to be grafted in. Grafting is a process whereby a small shoot (often called a scion) is carefully added to an already growing plant, by special means, and bound in place until it forms a natural bond whereby it continues to grow from the nutrients it receives from the main plant. Here’s a graft before it is bound up:

Here is a picture of a grafted tree:

Peach 5 in 1.JPG

How pretty is that? That tree is a Peach tree 5 in 1 – five types of peach graft onto one tree. All types are growing on the same rootstock – just as we are grafted in branches onto  Israel.

Many Christians believe in replacement theology – the idea that Christianity is now God’s bride, and that Israel is no longer precious to God – that is not scriptural. Without a root, there IS and CAN BE NO BRANCH!

What is OUR rootstock? It is Israel! We are grafted IN to their root, and into their strength. We gain our strength and sustenance through their root which goes all the way back to the Abrahamic Covenant.

We really do have Hebrew roots, even if that, as a movement is something I am not convinced is altogether wise. You can read my previous piece on the subject here:

Breaking open the curate’s egg – the dangers of the Hebrew roots movement

Let us remember our roots, and let us remember that we are grafted in through Yeshua.

God Bless you



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