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Partakers Of The Root
June 08, 2014
The apostle Paul points out in his letter to the predominantly Gentile church at Rome that we believers must be rooted and grounded in Jesus. He is the root, and we draw our sustenance from that root. If we abide in God's teachings, we are partakers of the root. If we do not, we are like dead wood cut out of the tree and cast aside to be burned. - Bernie Parsons
Partakers Of The Root
by Bernie Parsons
Presented to Globe church of Christ on 06-08-2014
Presented to Load church of Christ on 07-06-2014
In the last study, I discussed the fact that we take our spiritual sustenance from being in Jesus Christ. We are born again into Him through baptism. We walk in Him by obeying His word. Now, I want to talk a little more about being in Jesus, and staying there. Recall what Jesus said:
John 15:5 “ I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
This disproves the religious argument long made that we have nothing to do with our own salvation, or that we can never fall from grace if God has pre-chosen us.
1 John 2:24 "Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life."
The above passage indicates that we play a role in “letting” the word of God abide in us. Notice the big “if” it remains in us, we continue in the Son and the Father, and shall receive the promise.
A few lessons back we read from Ezekiel that we can change our ways. We can
turn from righteousness to unrighteousness. We can turn from evil ways to
obedience. It is our choice.
27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”
It is incumbent upon us to consciously choose to do what God teaches, and continue to do so. Speaking of Israel and the extension of God’s grace, or favor, to the Gentiles, apostle Paul wrote:
Romans 11:11 "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
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 graffed 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 graffed 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 graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed 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.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all."
Paul’s writing above shows us that we can be removed from the vine that is Jesus Christ, or we can be grafted back onto that vine, or here represented as an olive tree.
As the apostle Paul said, as we read above, in Romans 11:16:
The apostle Paul also wrote that followers of Christ must ever be vigilant about remaining rooted in Christ, from whom our nutrients for growth flow.
Colossians 2:4 "And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
God opens the door and invites us all through it. It is up to us to decide to enter into a life of righteousness. If we choose the darkness of sin, He allows us that choice, as well.
Matthew 7:13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Those outside of Christ, when they repent and turn to Him to live in righteousness, will be grafted onto the main body of Christ. Those who are a part of the body of Christ and who choose unrighteousness, will be pruned from the body and cast aside.
Joshua 24:15 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
The choice is ours to make.