Romans 11:4-6 KJV
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
It is obvious to anyone who wishes to see it that the elect spoken of in Romans is a nation. The Jews as a national people are the elect.
· They were chosen of old to be God's people
· They were chosen to bear the law and the word of God
· They were chosen as our examples of God's dealing with men
· They were chosen to be that nation from which would come the Messiah
They are the elect.
But how can they be the elect if God has set them aside to focus today on His church? The answer is that even today a Jew
· may be born again through grace
· may unite with a local Baptist church and
· may carry on the Gospel message as a New Testament Christian
It is an election of grace and not works. It is not an election that continues in the Old Testament practice but one that advances into the New Testament pattern where there is neither Jew nor Gentile but the church of God.
It may be a small remnant of Jews who will give up the Synagogue for a local church but that remnant is the New Testament elect.