The GraftingThe understanding of being grafted in within the believe system of the Christian Messianic Hebrew Roots movements is that when one comes to believe in Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is that the person becomes grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel and with that becomes a Covenant child of God.
Paul speaks in the letter to the Romans about the gentile believers being grafted in the the olive tree
Romans 11:11-24 (CJB) “In that case, I say, isn’t it that they have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Isra’el’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Isra’el in its fullness bring them!
13 However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work 14 in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! 15 For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!
16 Now if the hallah offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole loaf.
And if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, 18 then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you.
19 So you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
20 True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don’t be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified!
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won’t spare you!
22 So take a good look at God’s kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, God’s kindness toward you — provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off!
23 Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because God is able to graft them back in.
24 For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree!”
Many people have the understanding that it while Israel is the Olive tree the wild branch (the gentiles) are then supported by it. This is however a fallacy the trunk in which we are grafted is the tree of the root of Jesse, or with other words Jesus the Christ.
The root, the beginning, the source of all existence is God the Father, the life juices coming from the Roots, God the Father, is the Holy Spirit.
Life comes through us from the Father, by the Holy Spirit, through Jesus the Christ.
When an olive tree is prepped for grafting, all of the branches are cut off.
After the Cross, unbelieving Israel was cut off from the covenant of Grace through Jesus the Christ.
Those who believed then and believe now were/are grafted back in, along with the believing Gentiles.
All were/are grafted in by faith, and nowhere is there any indication that the wild branches become natural branches.
Thus then do they all share in the life that comes from the Root? Yes.
Do they maintain their identity? Ethnically, yes.
As believers in Christ we become one tree, Jew and Gentile (which we also call the one new man) both grafted in by faith to the Root through Whom we receive life.
Our primary identity is that we are in Christ!
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