From time to time you may hear someone talking about the Remnant or how God is raising up a Remnant of His Church.
So, how do you know what it is and if you’re part of it?
Whenever someone refers to the Remnant, they are harkening back to the Old Testament in Ezra when a remnant, or a reserved group of Israelites who were under Babylonian captivity, returned to Israel to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed by fire under Nebuchadnezzar’s rule.
The temple was the place where God’s Spirit dwelled and where the Israelites would bring sacrifice to atone for and ask for forgiveness for their sins.
So, in modern days, the temple would be symbolic of the church. And the remnant would be symbolic of the reserved group of people that God has called to rebuild it.
In Romans 11, Paul reminds us that during the time of Elijah, at a time when Elijah felt all alone and after the prophets had been killed and the altars had been destroyed, God assured Elijah by saying, “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” He’s basically saying, “Rest assured, Elijah. I’ve not left you alone.”
Paul goes on to say that in that same way, at this present time, that there is still a remnant chosen by grace by God. In this case, Paul was referring to in his day 2,000 years ago.
So there seems to be this pattern where God reserves a remnant who is faithful to Him and will not bow to another – not culture, not idols, not anything else. We see it with Elijah in 1 Kings, we see it with the Israelites in Ezra, and we see it here in the New Testament in Romans.
So, when people talk about the Remnant, it’s a metaphorical image, derived from this pattern, for what some believe God is doing today, which is rising up people to preserve His word and His church.
We are living in a day where the Church is under attack. Core beliefs are being disregarded, particularly around the divinity of Christ, and the role of sin in our lives, and Jesus’s role in atoning for it. We are also living in a time where Christians are under attack. Our children are under attack.
When the Israelites returned from Babylon to Israel to rebuild the temple, they were met with resistance. There was sabotage and disdain for the work they were doing. In other words, they were under attack too.
Being part of the Remnant is a special call, but it’s not a particularly glorified one.
One can feel like, “YAY, I’m part of the remnant.” One can feel prideful and even excited about the purpose God has for them. But then there’s this aha moment, when one realizes, “Oh, I’m part of the remnant” and one realizes the weight and the responsibility that God has called some too.
So how do you know if you’re part of the remnant? Well, in Ezra 1:5 it says clearly, that God moved the hearts of those that were to rebuild the temple. We see in 1 Kings 19:18 that God “reserved” the 7,000. It was God’s doing, His leading. It’s no different today.
Has the Holy Spirit been stirring your heart to do something more for God, to make sure that His Church and this Next Generation knows the truth of God’s Word?
If so, you may be part of the faithful crew He’s calling.
Just like we learn in Ezra that the rebuilding of the temple took time, and it was met with lots of resistance.
So too being part of the Remnant, in this cultural moment, is no easy task, but it’s a God-glorifying one.
Is God stirring your heart? Are you starting to ask God about His purpose for your life? If so, start to ask Him to lead you to what’s next.