But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.Romans 11:17-18
Paul is addressing the Gentile believers now….people just like us..and again warns them about putting their trust in anything else other than God’s grace and mercy expressed through the sacrifice and resurrection of Christ.
Where is your support? As believers who are grafted into the olive tree, our strength is not ours. We are part of the tree. Remember what Jesus said?
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned…John 15: 5-6
Paul gives a similar warning to those who are grafted in when he says, “…they [Israel] were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you too will be cut off” (Romans 11:20-22).
So, let us remember that we are branches, dependent on the Tree or Branch and “do not become proud, but stand in awe.”