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The Remnant

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The Remnant
Words of Faith 10-21-2021
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2021
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Romans 11
    I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. [2] God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah‑‑how he appealed to God against Israel: [3] "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"? [4] And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal." [5] So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. [6] And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

     Has God rejected His people, Israel? Sometimes we hear people propose this idea. The answer could hardly be any stronger. By no means! It may have seemed as if God rejected Israel at times when many rejected the Spirit of God and even the Messiah. But though many may reject God, God has not rejected His people.  
     The truth is that in every generation, there has been a faithful remnant. Paul was part of the remnant that followed Jesus in His day. In the time of Elijah, when it seemed the whole world had turned against God, there remained a faithful remnant of seven thousand who had not bowed to the false god of Baal. In every generation, God's grace is at work to maintain and protect a faithful remnant of His people, but they are not preserved by their works. They are chosen by grace.
     God is very much at work in this generation among His first chosen people.  God is at work to preserve a remnant by grace. God is weaving His plan for the end time, and it very much includes Israel and His chosen people. If ever we hear someone profess that God has rejected His people, we can know that is a lie and does not align with Scripture.  
     How can we respond? If you are a Jewish believer in Jesus as Messiah, you can take heart and be encouraged that you are not alone. God is very much at work by His grace to preserve a remnant. Sharing the knowledge of Messiah with Jewish friends is very much in His plan. If you are a Gentile believer in Jesus as Messiah, you can pray for the Jewish remnant, prayerfully seek ways to share Jesus, and seek to be a blessing to the Jewish people.  
     God has made this promise to the Jewish people: "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3).

       Lord, show me how I can be a blessing to Your chosen people. In the name of Jesus, I rebuke the curses uttered against Your people and seek to be a blessing to those You have chosen and never rejected. In Jesus' name.

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Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)        
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