Stand Fast, Persevere, Continue in God’s Kindness

from Lynda Lindsey

I ask, then, has God rejected His people? By no means! … God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew… Romans 11:1(a)-2(a)

So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:5-6

…They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud but fear. Romans 11:20(b)

A remnant of cloth is the small bit that remains on the bolt after the fabric has been measured and cut into yards or meters. A remnant of people is a small group of survivors; regarding the Israelites, a remnant is the small group who remained faithful and obedient to God despite the majority who fell away. God doesn’t reject those He chooses; in His lovingkindness and mercy, God preserves a remnant solely by His grace. Grace, a gift God freely bestows, leaves us no room to boast; grace has nothing to do with our achievements, past, present, or future. Grace depends solely on God. 

Grace rests on what God has done, is now doing, and what He will yet do. Our responsibility? Humbly and gratefully accept God’s gift of grace, stand fast in faith, and walk continuously and obediently in God’s kindness; obey God like a small child would obey his father. The Jew’s presumption that their special status with God was their own doing became their spiritual downfall; the same danger exists for us. To believe we deserve anything from God leads to self-aggrandizement and spiritual peril, for self-aggrandizement leads to self worship, which is idolatry. 

Idolatry pushes God out of our lives, hardens our hearts, and renders us proud and haughty. Blind eyes and deaf ears make us insensitive to spiritual truths and God’s presence. Except for God’s intervention we would stumble and fall to our death. God preserves repentant sinners from fatal falls and fulfills His redemptive purposes as He turns what was meant for evil into good and works all things together for His good pleasure. Not only does God, in His kindness, preserve and ultimately restore His chosen people, He invites Gentiles to the party! Stand fast, persevere, and rejoice!