We have all heard about Christ being the root and we being the branches that were grafted into that root.
It's not that I disagree with that view, I just see it a little differently under the Covenantal context. Here is what I mean...
We know that "the Root" is used over and over again to represent Christ in the scriptures. For instance two examples...
Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed." Revelation 5:5
"“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the Root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star." Revelation 22:16
We know from Paul that the believers are the branches. The natural branches being the remnant of faithful Jews and the wild branches that were grafted in being the Gentiles. Both branches are grafted into the same Root, Jesus Christ. Couple examples from scripture...
"If some of the Branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive Root." Romans 11:17
"(To Gentiles), do not be arrogant toward the branches (Jews). If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you." Romans 11:18
"if the Root is holy, so are the Branches." Romans 11:16
But I want to suggest to you that maybe you and I are not the branches today. Maybe we are something else.
Maybe we are the leaves of the tree that go out for the healing of the nations.
You see, in that first foundational generation of the church, we had apostles whom the church was built upon. We had Christ the cornerstone. We are told many times how that generation, the last generation of the Old Covenant and the last wicked generation that would kill the Lord, was a special generation. It was foundational. It was the time looked forward to throughout all the prophets.
I believe that God grafted the remnant of believers into the Root (Jesus Christ) before He ended the Old Covenant age. So that when the age ended, you had Christ the Root and the remaining church as the branches.
We read at the end of Revelation after Old Covenant Jerusalem is thrown down that the New Jerusalem would be a city not made with hands that had no temple in it and had no need of light. The Lord was its temple and the Lord was its light.
There is also a river of life in this city and also a TREE of life. We read a little about the tree and then we see the purpose of that tree. That tree has produced leaves and it says....
"The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. " Revelation 22:2
Clearly there are still nations that are going to need healing when all this is said and done. Clearly this is not an end of the world perfect utopia being described here. There are still human beings on earth that are in need of healing and in need of restoration with their Creator.
That is why I believe that :
1) Christ is the Root of the tree of LIFE.
2)The first foundational generation of apostles and disciples were the branches of this tree. It was through them that the message of LIFE went forth to the coming generations. The first foundational branches bore the leaves.
3)The leaves are the spiritual sons of God. The tree of Life never dies and the branches will never stop bearing leaves. From that point forward the leaves continue to go out into the world to heal the nations generation upon generation, world without end. (Eph 3:21)
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