Grafted! (Part 2 of 2)
The four matters on grafting (see Grafted! Part 1 for context):
1. With natural grafting, compatibility comes down to the point of the stock and the scion needing to be of the same species. This is an enlightening fact in relation to the creation of man recorded in the Bible. In Genesis 1, God spoke to bring forth living creatures after their kind but man was created in God's image and after God's likeness (Genesis 1:26). In other words, man was created after God's kind, or shall we say, God's species.
2. Cutting implies termination, or some kind of death. In grafting, both the stock and the scion have to undergo cutting, or termination. This parallels with the Bible: Christ as the stock died, was cut, on the cross, and at the time of his conversion, a Christian - the scion - was cut off from his old source of living, transferred to another root system, to be "born again".
3. After the cutting, the stock and the scion have to make a direct contact in a very particular way; that is, the cambiums of both specimens need to touch each other and be properly aligned so that the two can eventually become organically one (this is how the stock and the scion can become one). Does that sound familiar to you? Well, what if I say, the cambiums are God as Spirit and our human spirit so when we contact and receive God with our spirit, or align our spirit with God, the two spirits become one. First Corinthians 6:17 says "But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" - the scion that is joined to the stock is one cambium. What do you think?
4. Lastly, grafting is not a genetic modification. No mutation occurs. The product of a grafting should retain the distinct characteristics of both "parents". Likewise Christians are not angels, not mutants. The Bible consistently presents Christians as human yet divine: human because Christians retain their human essence and existence, yet divine because Christians now possess God's life in them and are now capable of expressing the divine attributes exemplified by the life of Jesus on the earth. Neither more or less.
A grafted life is the life of the same branch (scion) but drawing from another life source (stock). A Christian life is the life of the same person but drawing from another life source (not I, but Christ).