This passage is addressed to the Gentiles at the church at Rome. It gives these believers a list of warnings against boasting, haughtiness, irreverence, and apostasy. In addition to the warnings, the Gentiles are encouraged to partake of the nourishment of God, stand by faith, consider the kindness of God, and fear the Lord. This sermon deals with the teaching that Christ is the vine and we are branches; those of us non-Jewish believers being foreign branches who have been grafted into the vine. We are taught not to boast against the natural branches but rather to fear God who didn’t spare some of the natural branches. If we heed the warnings and receive the encouragement of this passage the result will be that we will continue in His goodness and bear the fruits of the spirit, those fruits that are produced by those who are abiding in Christ.
World Reconciliation To you and your children