Did God Reject His People?
A Sermon on Romans 11:1-4
The Remnant of Israel
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” (ESV)
Has God cast away the Jewish people? After several passages concerning the fate of the Jewish nation, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones unfolds how Paul asks this question in Romans 11:1-4, and then follows his answers with several pieces of evidence. Paul says that there is no way the Lord has cast out his chosen people, because Paul himself is an Israelite. Paul is saying this not just as a nationalist or proselyte, but he shows his historical lineage which proves he is of Jewish descent. It is possible that some Jews will be saved, because Paul was saved! There are a large majority of Jews that do not believe the true Gospel. God did not cast them all away because he foreknew them. This means that God foreordained them and knew that they would be believing Christians. The Jews were a group of people that God took special interest in and had a special affection for. Israel was set apart by God for a purpose. So if God cast them out, this would mean that God changed his mind and we know that the Lord does not change his mind; it is not part of his character.