Rom. 11:5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
If you are really honest with yourself and put off previous ideas about salvation you have to come to the conclusion, He chose you; you didn’t choose Him. Jesus came out and said it in His last night with His disciples, John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” Just as the Lord chose Abraham from idolatry, Moses from Pharaoh’s mansion, and Paul from his role as the persecutor; He has chosen me. I was without hope and He came and opened my eyes by the influence of grace. He saved me by grace, called me into His work by grace, and sustains me every day by grace. Here ares some comments from Albert Barnes on today’s verse.
“By a gracious or merciful choosing, or election; and not by any merit of their own. As in the time of Elijah, it was because God had reserved them (7000) unto himself that any were saved from idolatry, so now it was by the same gracious sovereignty that any were saved from the prevalent unbelief. The apostle here does not specify the number, but there can be no doubt that a multitude of Jews had been saved by becoming Christians, though compared with the nation—the multitude who rejected the Messiah—it was but a remnant. The apostle thus shows that neither all the ancient people of God were cast away, nor that any whom he foreknew were rejected. And though he had proved that a large part of the Jews were to be rejected, and though infidelity was prevalent, yet still there were some who had been Jews who were truly pious, and entitled to the favor of God. Nor should they deem this state of things remarkable, for a parallel case was recorded in their own Scriptures. We may learn from this narrative…It is of God that all are not corrupt and lost. It is owing only to the election of grace, to his merciful choosing, that any are saved.”
So has God changed or is He still setting apart a people for Himself by grace? In our dark world the light of grace is bursting through, calling to Himself all those who are being saved by grace.