I ask, however, "Have they stumbled so as to be finally ruined?" No, indeed; but by their lapse salvation has come to the Gentiles in order to arouse the jealousy of the descendants of Israel;
and if their lapse is the enriching of the world, and their overthrow the enriching of the Gentiles, will not still greater good follow their restoration?
But to you Gentiles I say that, since I am an Apostle specially sent to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry,
trying whether I can succeed in rousing my own countrymen to jealousy and thus save some of them.
For if their having been cast aside has carried with it the reconciliation of the world, what will their being accepted again be but Life out of death?
Now if the firstfruits of the dough are holy, so also is the whole mass; and if the root of a tree is holy, so also are the branches.
And if some of the branches have been pruned away, and you, although you were but a wild olive, have been grafted in among them and have become a sharer with others in the rich sap of the root of the olive tree,
beware of glorying over the natural branches. Or if you are so glorying, do not forget that it is not you who uphold the root: the root upholds you.
"Branches have been lopped off," you will say, "for the sake of my being grafted in."
This is true; yet it was their unbelief that cut them off, and you only stand through your faith.
Do not be puffed up with pride. Tremble rather--for if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you.
Notice therefore God's kindness and God's severity. On those who have fallen His severity has descended, but upon you His kindness has come, provided that you do not cease to respond to that kindness. Otherwise you will be cut off also.
Moreover, if they turn from their unbelief, they too will be grafted in. For God is powerful enough to graft them in again;
and if you were cut from that which by nature is a wild olive and contrary to nature were grafted into the good olive tree, how much more certainly will these natural branches be grafted on their own olive tree?