There Is a Remnant
Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Intro: God has always had a remnant. Sometimes that remnant was just a man and his wife and his three sons and their wives. Sometimes it was a bit more than that. But regardless of the day, the king, the country, the political climate, the spiritual climate – God has always had a remnant.
In our text, Paul is referring to the remnant of the Nation of Israel. But there is a remnant even so at this present time made up of those that have been saved.
The DEFINITION of the word REMNANT: λείπω leipo (li’-po) – to leave, leave behind, forsake, to be left behind; to lag, be inferior
I. The Burden of the Remnant – John 17:14-16
- Always being in the minority. In a world where majority rules, the remnant is nothing.
- Always having to answer questions. If we ask questions, we are silenced. – I Peter 3:15
- Always having to contend with the mockings and laughter. – Hebrews 11:36
- Always having to deal with the persecution and suffering at the hands of the others.
II. The Boldness of the Remnant
- Elijah and the 7,000 – I Kings 19:14
- The three Hebrew children – Daniel 3
- The disciples at Pentecost – Acts 2
- Paul in front of Agrippa – Acts 26:29
III. The Blessing of the Remnant – Isaiah 1:9
- People are depending on us for their salvation.
- The salvation of the world is in the hands of the Remnant.
It was Joseph in Egypt – just one in a city of hundreds of thousands that saved the world.
It was the remnant in Isaiah 1 that held back the judgment of God.
It was the remnant in the Gospels that was commissioned with the evangelization of the people.
- Luke 10:2, 3 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.