But you will say, "Yes, but the branches were broken off to make room for me."
That is true. They were broken off because they did not believe, while you remain in place because you do believe. But do not be proud of it; instead, be afraid.
God did not spare the Jews, who are like natural branches; do you think he will spare you?
Here we see how kind and how severe God is. He is severe toward those who have fallen, but kind to you - if you continue in his kindness. But if you do not, you too will be broken off.
And if the Jews abandon their unbelief, they will be put back in the place where they were; for God is able to do that.
You Gentiles are like the branch of a wild olive tree that is broken off and then, contrary to nature, is joined to a cultivated olive tree. The Jews are like this cultivated tree; and it will be much easier for God to join these broken-off branches to their own tree again.
There is a secret truth, my friends, which I want you to know, for it will keep you from thinking how wise you are. It is that the stubbornness of the people of Israel is not permanent, but will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to God.
And this is how all Israel will be saved. As the scripture says, "The Savior will come from Zion and remove all wickedness from the descendants of Jacob.
I will make this covenant with them when I take away their sins."
Because they reject the Good News, the Jews are God's enemies for the sake of you Gentiles. But because of God's choice, they are his friends because of their ancestors.
For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses.
As for you Gentiles, you disobeyed God in the past; but now you have received God's mercy because the Jews were disobedient.
In the same way, because of the mercy that you have received, the Jews now disobey God, in order that they also may now receive God's mercy.
For God has made all people prisoners of disobedience, so that he might show mercy to them all.
How great are God's riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways?
As the scripture says, "Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice?
Who has ever given him anything, so that he had to pay it back?"
For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen.