Summary: If we have been grafted into the Body of Christ through faith, how should Holy Branches live their lives?
“The Lives of Holy Branches”
I’m sure we all know the proverb, “Experience is the best teacher.” In life, you often learn “lessons” from an experience, but everyone’s life “experience” is going to be different, so we need FAR MORE than “experience”; We need TRUTH that is not going to be changing; that’s why we continually go to God’s Word: “Your word is truth!”
Last week we looked at the pictures of Holy Dough and Holy Trees: We saw how Israel had received the promise from God through Abraham to receive RIGHTEOUSNESS by the gift of SAVING Faith, not works: That’s the theme of the Book of Romans: THE JUSTIFIED (or righteous) LIVE BY THE GIFT OF FAITH. (Romans 1:17: For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”) The fulfillment of the “promise” is seen in the Lord Jesus Christ. I cannot be HOLY, but God provided a substitute for me in the Lord Jesus Christ and He applies His righteousness to my unrighteousness.
Romans 3:21 explains it clearly: 21 “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and (ALL WHO BELIEVE) are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” By faith, by believing, you are justified freely by his grace. How important is grace?
Here are two other verses that support HOW God completed this work: 1 Corinthians 1:30: “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” (What else do you need?
2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Today we are going to view the same verses we looked at last week to teach us something about “The Lives of Holy Branches:” Romans 11:16 NIV: “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. (If you start with the HOLY, HOLY should be produced.) 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, 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.”
19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in." 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief (the word in the Greek means NO FAITH), and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. 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.”