Received, Not Rejected

1 I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” 4 But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace (Romans 11).

“Whom He foreknew”—a phrase we have seen before in 8:29—“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.”  To be foreknown by God is to be ultimately received by Him—never “rejected.”  God rejects none whom He foreknew.  No, He receives them like a son—His Own Son—because in God’s timeless eyes He sees them as already being just like His Son, already “conformed to [His] image.

Before a child is ever born into the world, its loving mother already knows her in her womb—and will never reject her.  Just so, our gracious and loving God, who foreknows His people in the womb of this world, is always ready to receive them into His Kingdom, anticipating (and even seeing) the day when they are born again.  How interesting, that the words heard by some claiming to have served Him will be: “Depart from Me, for I never knew you!

Thank You Lord, for knowing us!  And because You know us, You will never reject us!  Help us This Day to live like true sons and daughters, not rejecting any of Your commands.  Amen.