Make Sure You Are Grafted In

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;

Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

Well; because of their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Behold therefore the goodness and the 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.

— Romans 11:17-22

In this passage Paul explains that the Gentiles were made partakers of the salvation that belongs to the Jews. It’s explained that we should not become boastful about this fact to the Jews as we can be cut off – as the unbelieving Jews were cut off.

If God spared not the natural branches, how much more should we fear that we would not be spared if we become proud about our salvation. We may also be cut off if we misuse the grace of God which He has shown to us, as it’s clear from the last quoted verse, where it says that we will be spared if we continue in His goodness.Read more…

What is the Kingdom of God?

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand

In this post I will try to explain how I understand what the kingdom of God is, and explain Jesus’ words about the Kingdom of God being in us.

When we look up the Greek word “kingdom”, we find that it usually means “rule” or “dominion”, and not an actual physical kingdom. This is important, and to really understand many verses of the Bible about the kingdom, it’s better to replace that word with the mentioned nouns or the noun “royal power”.Read more…