Fear God – Romans 11:19-24

You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

There is no place for some sort of spiritual arrogance within the kingdom of God. On what grounds would we claim some sort of precedence over another sinful human being in the presence of the One who hates sin and has the power to destroy those who pursue it and reject Him? Who are we to see ourselves with some sort of advanced standing based on our spiritual history or nationality or church role or spiritual gift? We are cleansed sinners. We are worse than worthless without the grace of God applied by faith through the cleansing blood of Christ Jesus. Any standing we gain in the Presence of God is by His gracious will. He shows favor to whom He decides. We are called to walk in fear and in faith. ‘Don’t be conceited but fear.’

It is pride which brings a fall. Only by grace can we stand. We must stand in gracious fear of the One who has saved us. He is able.

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