Who is the Remnant? ~ The Roman Road

You are probably hearing the word ‘remnant’ being thrown around a lot in Christianese lately. But what actually IS the ‘Remnant’? Let’s look at some insights from Romans 9.⠀

Children of Abraham

First, the ‘Remnant’ are the children of the promise. The children of the flesh discussed in Romans 9 are the descendants of Abraham which were not ordained by God through the promise. Isaac was the child of promise and hence, Israel (Jacob) by definition is the true seed of Abraham. In Christ, we are part of the ‘seed’ of Abraham by means of the promise God made with him to make him a father of many nations. This includes us in Christ! We’ll discuss why in the next point…⠀

“This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.” 

Romans 9:8 ESV⠀⠀

We are grafted in

Second, as children of promise, we are now grafted into the people of God. We are His sons and daughters. This is part of the heritage of the ‘Remnant’. ⠀

“As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

Romans 9:25-26 ESV⠀⠀

Founded on the Rock

Finally, as the true ‘Remnant’, we MUST be founded on the Rock of Jesus Christ. Those who are not in Christ from the house of Israel have lost their ‘Remnant’ status. Why? Because it is a righteousness of faith and not of works. ⠀

“What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Romans 9:30-33 ESV⠀⠀⠀

(DISCLAIMER: This is not a statement concerning replacement theology. I believe that doctrine to be unbiblical but I don’t have time to articulate it clearly here.)

Are you part of the ‘Remnant’? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop us a comment…

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