CHRIST, THE ROOT OF OUR FAITH

In Revelation 22:16, Jesus says, “I am the ROOT and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

Many know that Jesus was a descendant of David according to the flesh; he is the offspring of David. Yet, many haven’t considered that Jesus is the ROOT of David.

We are living in a time when many are using the word “root” in an effort to preach another gospel other than the grace of Christ. They’ll say things like: we need to get back to our “Jewish roots” or our “Hebrew roots.” The reality is that being Jewish is not the root. Christ is the root!

In Galatians 3, the apostle Paul tells us that God preached THE GOSPEL to Abraham when he gave the promise that through Abraham all the families of the earth would be blessed (v.8).

Paul tells us that this covenant which God gave to Abraham was confirmed “in Christ” (v.17) and Christ is the seed to whom the promises were made (v.16). Therefore, Christ is both the root and the heir of the promises God made to Abraham. In Christ, God’s promise to Abraham is fulfilled.

National Israel is not the root of the Christian faith; neither is Jewish customs, culture, or tradition. Jesus is the root of the Christian faith!

Paul tells us in Colossians to be “rooted and built up in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:7a). Paul also tells us to mortify the deeds of the flesh because we have “put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM THAT CREATED HIM (Colossians 3:5-10).

We are renewed after the image of Jesus, for it was Jesus that created our new man!

Paul goes on to tell us that in Jesus there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but CHRIST IS ALL, AND IN ALL.

Dear Christian: Christ is the ROOT of your faith!

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