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An Elect Remnant
ŇThere is a remnant according to the election of graceÓ (Romans 11:5). God will not save all men. It never was his intention, purpose, design, or desire to save all men. But God has chosen some, a remnant, according to the election of grace. And that elect remnant shall be saved.
The Lord God, from eternity, has chosen to save some of AdamŐs fallen race, which he calls a remnant. None of us deserve GodŐs mercy. We all deserve GodŐs wrath, because we are all sinners. Had it not been for GodŐs eternal election of some to salvation in Christ for the glory of his name, we would all have perished long ago under the wrath of God (Isaiah 1:2-9).
Isaiah tells us that manŐs sin is so great and the justice of God is so inflexible and strict that had it not been for GodŐs election of a remnant we would all be completely destroyed. Thank God for election! This is one of the most blessed themes of Holy Scripture. Election is an act of eternal sovereignty (Ephesians 1:3-6), an act of unconditional grace (Romans 9:11-13), and an act of immutable love (Jeremiah 31:3; Malachi 3:6). Election is grace freely and fully bestowed upon chosen sinners in Christ before the world began!
There are many other places in the Bible which speak of this remnant, revealing GodŐs purpose of grace toward his elect; but let me remind you of six things Isaiah tells us about this chosen remnant. He tells us thatÉ
1. Though ruined and scattered by the fall, the remnant shall return to the Lord (Isaiah 10:20-22). That is exactly what Micah said. — ŇThe remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peopleÓ (5:7). — ŇThe remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many peopleÓ (v. 8). — But, this scattered remnant shall return to the Lord (5:3).
2. The remnant shall return, because Christ shall recover that which was lost (Isaiah 11:10-11).
3. Christ is the Way by which Ňthe remnant of his peopleÓ returns to him (Isaiah 11:16).
4. GodŐs elect remnant ought to be the object of our fervent prayer (Isaiah 37:4). We labor for, seek, and pray for the salvation of GodŐs elect.
5. This remnant, GodŐs elect, shall escape the judgment of God (Isaiah 37:31-32). By his almighty grace this remnant, GodŐs elect, shall take root downward in the earth and bear fruit upward to heaven.
6. God will preserve and keep his remnant in the midst of all their troubles (Isaiah 46:3-4).
ŇAnd so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from JacobÓ (Romans 11:26).