Jean Stepnoski (5 Feb 2013)
"Grafted In: Symbolically to Fig Tree or Olive Tree? Reply for Chelsea Brown"


Dear Chelsea and Doves,
   In the recent post on 2-4 by Chelsea Brown, mention is made of those grafted in the tree which is symbolically Israel. This is not a symbolic fig tree. There is no reference in The Scriptures that believers in Christ the Lord are Gentiles symbolically grafted in a fig tree or any tree, other than the symbolic olive tree of Israel. There is indeed a split which will eventually be resolved. Gentile believers in Christ are grafted in to a tree of life by faith, as you have mentioned, Chelsea. We are like Ruth from Moab, coming to faith in the one true God.
   The quote about believers grafted in the olive tree is from Paul in Romans 11. Quoted is the translation at bible from the English Standard Version verses 17-23. "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, 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. Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so I might be grafted in." That is true. They were broken off  because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not be proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And, even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is in nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree." Like you Chelsea, I rejoice that Christ in His mercy, has allowed us to be grafted in by faith!
With Love and Shalom,