Dr. Couch, in Romans 11:13-25, is the church, the Gentiles, being placed into the natural branches, Israel? I hear confusing things about this passage.
ANSWER: Of course not! And that is dumb, de dumb, dumb! It is
the sorry view of the covenant guys who do not have the ability to read!
Remember, they want what they want, when they wants it! They have a theological agenda, and they do not allow the Bible to speak for itself!
From the root or trunk of blessing, the Jews who were the natural
branches, were broken off, and the Gentiles, who were the wild olive
branches were grafted into the place of blessing (vv. 19-20). The
natural branches were broken off because of unbelief. The wild olive
branches, the Gentiles, were grafted in to the place of blessing, the
But someday, the wild olive branches will be broken
off from the place of blessing. "For if God did not spare the natural
branches, neither will He spare you (Gentiles), or leave you in the
place of blessing" (v. 21). The Jews, the natural branches, will also
"if they do not continue in their unbelief, be grafted back in (to the
root of blessing); for God is able to graft them in again" (v. 23).
The Gentiles who come from a wild olive tree, "were grafted in contrary
to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more shall these
(Jews) who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive
tree?" (v. 24). You Gentiles, "do not be wise in your own estimation,
that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of
the Gentiles has come in" (v. 25).
The root or the natural
tree trunk represents a place of blessing. It does not represent Israel.
It is not Israel being a natural branch "of Israel." That does not
make sense. Israel, the Jews, were by nature part of the natural olive
tree, but were cut out because of unbelief, and, the wild olive branch,
the Gentiles, were grafted into their place to receive the sap of
blessing, whereby they received for a time salvation. The Jews will
someday be put back in their rightful place, and the Gentiles, the
church, will lose its place of blessing.
I do not know how
much more clear this can be! But the covenant guys want the church to
somehow be Israel. That won't work! They need to learn how to read!
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch