What does “Grafted In” mean?
“But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry… But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.”
– Romans 11:13, 17, 18, NASB
A wonderful truth is being revealed here. What does it mean for Paul (Rav Sha'ul) to say that the ‘wild olive branch’ is grafted into the ‘cultivated olive tree’? The plain sense of the text is not easily confused:
- Through the efficacious ministry of the Messiah Yeshua, Gentile believers (wild olives) are covenant–bound (grafted in) to Isra'el (Father Abraham’s Olive Tree). Therefore Gentile believers are fellow citizens and full-participants with the Commonwealth of Isra'el (Eph. 2) and are granted the divine privilege of following the entire Torah.
- We believe that God has written this very same Torah upon every heart, Jew and Gentile, of those who have placed their trusting faithfulness in Yeshua (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:7-12).
- We believe that this same Torah is a foundational revelation of the righteousness of God and serves as a description, along with the rest of the Scriptures, of the lifestyle of the Redeemed Community (James 1:16-27).
- Furthermore, the words ‘Grafted In’ memorialize the affirmation of our true identity as a people, Jew and Gentile, securely rooted in the finished work of Yeshua HaMashiach.
If you believe in Yeshua, you are Grafted In!