I ask, then, has God rejected His people? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.a Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the Elijah section-how he pleads with God against Israel?
Lord, they have killed Your prophets, torn down Your altars; and I am the only one left, and they are trying to take my life! bc4
But what was God's reply to him? I have left 7,000 men for Myself who have not bowed down to Baal. d5
In the same way, then, there is also at the present time a remnant chosen by grace.
Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.e