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Verses 6-7: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

When I read these verses, my eyes were drawn to the phrase “rooted and built up in Him”. Having grown up on a farm, I naturally thought about how plants are rooted and grown. My wife then shared with me an analogy she had heard a preacher use about the process of grafting. So, in order to fully appreciate the analogy, I went to The World Book Encyclopedia, volume G, (in the pre-Internet days, this was where we old-timers went to first learn things, before moving on to other books.:-)) to brush up on my understanding of the process of grafting.

Here are a few interesting statements from that reference:
“A graft is the union of parts of two plants to make a single plant.”
“The part implanted is called the cion. The plant receiving the cion is the stock. The cion retains the characteristics of the plant from which it is taken. The stock supplies food and water for the growing plant.”
“Grafting is also used to change the habit of growth.”
“Sometimes plants that do not thrive on a soil are grafted on stock that grows well on that particular soil.”
–GRAFTING, The World Book Encyclopedia, volume G, page 290, copyright 1969.

That analogy my wife heard from a preacher? It stated that we are the cion, the part that is cut away from the old plant, and grafted onto the stock of the rooted plant…Jesus Christ. Though we physically may look a lot like we did, we are a new creature in Christ; we are adopted by Him. We are firmly rooted and built up in Him; He is our Source of life from then on.

Something to think about.

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