Keeping a Proper Perspective

Romans 11:15-24 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance
mean but life from the dead? 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the
root is holy, so are the branches. 17 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,
18 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. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not
become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22
Note then the kindness and the 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. 23 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. 24 For
if you were cut from what is by 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 back into their own olive tree.

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