“You, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree” (Romans 11:17)
In the early days of the church, people were wondering whether the special place that the Jewish people had in God’s covenant, meant that only they could be saved. In various Bible passages, the apostle Paul explains that this is not the case. Non-Jews, also called Gentiles, can also be saved through faith in Jesus Christ, and thus belong to God’s people.
The crucial thing is not whether or not you are a Jew, but whether or not you are a follower of Jesus. It is tragic to see that many Jews didn’t accept Jesus as the promised Messiah. Paul says they are like branches that were broken off the olive tree. But he also says that God is able to graft them in again, just as He has done with Gentiles who believe in Him.
This example of the olive tree and the branches shows God’s endless love. He doesn’t just save Jews; He saves whoever believes in Him. People from all nations can be reconciled to God!
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