There is no remnant of God’s people. There is just God’s people! And it makes no difference if those people are Jewish or not! All the other people are either pretending to be God’s people or they are not God’s people.
You are either in the Body of Christ, and are part of the Bride of Christ, or you are not! There is not a remnant of either one! From heaven’s perspective the Body is whole and the Bride is holy!
There is no remnant found in the New Testament post cross of Jesus Christ, other than a remnant of natural Jews who are saved, or will be saved! Here are the only 2 references [NASB] in the New Testament that have the word remnant in them.
“Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved.”
This is a quote from the prophet Isaiah in chapter 10 verse 22. This was proven true in the 1st century and it is true in every successive century.
It is interesting Paul makes reference to one portion of God’s promise to Abraham which relates to the Jewish people being compared to the “sand of the sea.” Only a remnant of the Jewish people will receive the gift of eternal life found in Jesus Christ.
Being born Jewish does not give a Jewish person an advantage over a non-Jewish person as it pertains to being in right relationship with God. Jesus said,:
“NO ONE [emphsis mine] can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” [John 6:65].
And, “NO ONE [emphasis mine] can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” [John 6:44].
And, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; NO ONE [emphasis mine] comes to the Father but through Me” [John 14:6].
God remains in charge of who who comes to Him through Jesus! And by the way, Jesus was speaking directly to natural Jews in those 3 statements!
“In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.”
Once again, Paul writes in context of the Jewish people naturally descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who are being saved, are a remnant out of the entire Jewish nation that is of natural descent.
The idea of a remnant comes from the Old Testament where the Jewish people were always considered God’s people. But only those who had faith in God, who kept the Laws of God by virtue of bringing offerings for sin when expected and how commanded, were called a remnant.
That no longer applies. The reason is because of this one statement: “Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His” [2 Timothy 2:19].
This is a quote of the Septuagint version of Numbers 16:5. Moses said, “The Lord will show those who are His.” This statement was in reference to the rebellion of Korah and his followers. The Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scripture, changed it to, “the Lord knows those who are His” which is the translation Paul used because it was what was meant when it was originally said.
“Having this seal” is a reference to several New Testament Scriptural references that fully explains that the sealed are the saved.
“21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge” [2 Corinthians 1].
“1 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation —having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory” [Ephesians 1].
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” [Ephesians 4:30].
If you are not saved you are not sealed and if you are not sealed you are not God’s people!
In conclusion I go back to my opening statements – “There is no remnant of God’s people! There is just God’s people!”
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin