What do I mean by the title? First let’s look at the word grafted or grafting. Grafting is basically a process used in horticulture to fuse together part of one plant, much like a branch, and affix it to the tissues of another. The basis for deciding to do this is for plant propagation.
I have been reading through the book of Romans and in chapter 11 the apostle Paul uses this term to describe to the readers how they, the Gentiles, have come to share in the rich root of Christ.
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in. 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith.
By God’s grace I, who am a Gentile, have been grafted in to the root system of Christ. Paul is saying that God’s chosen, the Jews, have been broken off. They represent the branches that were broken off. They rejected Christ and thus have been broken off. In horticulture, the plant to be selected to sustain the branches to be grafted in is selected because of its rich root system. The other plant or branch to be grafted in is selected for its stem, leaves, or fruit. Paul is using this analogy which would be understood by those in the Roman church. They would understand these terms because many of the members would have been farmers or wine makers.
Praise our Lord for choosing us to be grafted in to the root system of Christ. He alone sustains us, and He has promised to produce fruit through us.
Nath @ Reformed Geek
June 13, 2007 at 6:22 am
Thanks for this post! It is such a humbling thought, and one we should consider often. Salvation is totally from the Lord – all praise and glory to Him!
June 13, 2007 at 8:33 pm
Thanks for the comment. It is humbling to understand that salvation is totally from God. I am currently in a dialog with a friend of mine who is of the mind that we are the ones who make the choice. I had sent him the link to the sermon our pastor did on Free Will this past Sunday pm. It was articulated very well. I will post something about the dialog soon.