Timeless truth about the remnant being saved. While God sovereignly chose a nation to be set apart, He also chose the way of salvation. He set aside Israel and He predetermined that salvation would be by faith. So, only a “remnant” of those “chosen” were actually saved. Why didn’t all of Israel become saved since they were chosen by God?
Too often we confuse God’s activity with a corporate group and individuals in Scripture. God always holds the individual accountable. Even though God set Israel aside as His people, not every individual in Israel went to heaven. Only those who had faith like Abraham were saved. That should teach us a great deal about how God operates.
God foreordained several things including the establishment of the Nation Israel. Yet even in that predestination, God held each person accountable for their belief in Him. God foreordained that salvation would only be in Christ Jesus. Only those who trust in Jesus will be saved.
“Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED;
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,” Romans 9:27, 30-32 NASB