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The Meaning of Scion Tree

The Meaning of Scion Tree

Long before the car company, “scion” has had two primary traditional definitions: 

  1. Scion – adjective – used to describe a lineal descendant, son or daughter, of a notable family; and 
  2. Scion – verb or adjective – v. the grafting in of a young shoot containing buds into a strong, living tree; adj. used to describe a tree that has accepted a foreign shoot and drawn the shoot into itself as a single, living organism.  

From these definitions, we feel a “scion tree” is a beautiful, literal example of God’s unspeakable grace that is lavished upon foreign shoots that they may be grafted into the Living Tree and become sons and daughters of a royal family. 

Even further, God’s divine word has provided us direct explanation of this miraculous process:

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.  Romans 8:15-17.

But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. Romans 11:17.

When we look around our dinner table a night, share meals with adoptive friends, or look around our ever-coloring flock at church, we see unspeakable, undeniable portrayals of God’s love that has grafted lives from around the globe into this family of Christ. 

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