THE RADICAL REMNANT
by Pastor Mike Fortune
May 14, 2016
- Is bigger than we think (Luke 9:49-50; John 10:16; John 17:17,21)
- Consists of all who welcome Jesus (Luke 9:51-53; Revelation 18:4)
- Keeps the faith and follows the commands of Jesus (Luke 9:54-56; Revelation 14:12; Luke 10:24; 1 Peter 1:10; Quote; Romans 11:5-6)
49 John said to Jesus, "Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn't in our group." 50 But Jesus said, "Don't stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you."
16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 21 I pray that they will all be one
51 As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. 53 But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem.
4 Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, "Come away from her, my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her.
54 When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, "Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?" 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 So they went on to another village.
12 This means that God's holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.
24 I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn't see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn't hear it.
1 Peter 1:10
10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you.
Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing p.149
Religion consists in doing the words of Christ; not doing to earn God's favor, but because, all undeserving, we have received the gift of His love.
Romans 11:5-6 (NIV) (Also Scripture reading)
5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
Noah from flood (Gen.6:8 cf. Grace always associated with remnant; even though he drank / not perfect)
Abraham remnant from the nations to bless the nations (Gen.12:3 cf. 20:7 remnant prophet lied)
Joseph's eleven brothers rescued (Gen.45:7)
Israel from Egyptian slavery (Exodus 19:4; 4 I carried you on eagles' wings)
Israel from conquest by Assyria (Isaiah 37:32)
32 For a remnant of my people will spread out from Jerusalem, a group of survivors from Mount Zion. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven's Armies will make this happen!
God’s zeal will accomplish saving of the remnant. Remnant has never been about us but about God. Ezra 9:6 For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens.
Israel from Babylon
8 "But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the LORD our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant. He has given us security in this holy place. Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery. 9 For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead, he caused the kings of Persia to treat us favorably. He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.
20 In those days," says the LORD, "no sin will be found in Israel or in Judah, for I will forgive the remnant I preserve."
18 Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people?
5 Then at last the LORD of Heaven's Armies will himself be Israel's glorious crown. He will be the pride and joy of the remnant of his people.
For more, read Chosen by Grace S.Tyner