DO YOU BELIEVE OR NOT? WHAT DECIDES IF YOU ARE PART OF THE OLIVE TREE
“But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. 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.” Romans 11:17-22
The Gentiles were saved because they believed whereas most Jews were lost because they rejected Jesus. Thus the Jews, the natural branches, were cut off from the olive tree and from God’s grace. And the unnatural branches, the Gentiles, were grafted in and saved. One has become lost and one has become saved. But here’s the thing. Paul warns the saved Gentiles to keep a humble spirit and not become arrogant, because if they do, God will cut them off of the tree the way He did the natural branches. Can the saved Gentiles lose their salvation? They sure can. If God cuts off a branch, it is cut off from the life-sustaining root. So stay humble in your salvation. God cares not only about what we believe, but He also cares about the attitude.