God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel:
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“Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me” ?
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And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
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So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
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And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
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What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,
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as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.”
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And David says: “May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.”
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Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
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But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
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