God is loving and gracious beyond our comprehension. It is His desire that all would come to Him and that none would perish.
When God first called me into ministry I had a deep and sincere unction to facilitate unity among God’s people.
Because of the work I did in this area, As a Pastor, over time I had the opportunity to peek behind the curtains of numerous churches and ministries.
Unity in Christianity?
After many years of pursuing unity in various ways, I gained some insight into how disjointed American “Christianity” is.
There are many reasons for this. Pride and insecurity among everyone, including “leaders”, seems to be an insurmountable barrier for many. Bad teaching has produced a multitude of issues: But along with these things, various nefarious groups with the most evil of intentions have purposely and successfully infiltrated the christian church even at the highest levels.
Christian “Unity”? Not really
Many people teach that God desires unity. God does absolutely want unity: But after many years of pursuing it, what I learned was that God definitely does desire unity in His body; but what He wants is unity among His people.
That may seem to be such a ridiculously obvious statement that it is almost absurd but remember, the satan masquerades as light. In fact, the devil is so subtle that it is often very challenging to distinguish the wheat from the tares.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.Ephesians 5:11
The True Remnant of God are not isolationists
In those years I learned that while God does deeply desire unity, many who claim to be in the faith really don’t. God’s people should not be isolationists.
Not only should God’s people not be isolationists, but we should be among the world’s most gregarious (Acts 1:8).
Elijah and the priests of baal
Romans chapter 11 reflects upon an event that is recorded back in 1 Kings 19. The Scriptures tell us that, by the hand and grace of God, the Prophet Elijah defeated 450 satanic priests in a now-famous showdown.
However, soon afterward (1 Kings 19:18), we see Elijah weak and alone, lamenting because He thinks that he is the only man of God left on earth and that the queen’s death decree against himself would soon change even that.
In Elijah’s despair, Yahweh God reached out to him and told him that he was not the only one and that God had 7,000 reserved who had not bowed a knee to baal.
A Remnant for today
So in Romans 11:5, Apostle Paul tells us that just as in the days of Elijah, Yahweh God has a selected few who He has called out of the whole; a Remnant.
Remnant: A small part of the whole that has been set apart; a survivor.
Yeshua came to gather His sheep
God deeply loves the world that He created including the people in it: It is His desire that none should perish.
Yeshua also said that He came “not but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel”. He said that many are called but few are chosen, that no man comes to Himself unless the Father draws Him.
Yeshua came to “cut out” the Remnant
Many think that Yeshua came to earth to promote “peace and goodwill among men”. In some ways that is certainly correct. However, here is the essence of how several Bible versions translate Luke 2:14:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!”
So as God loves all of His creation, Yeshua came to seek out those that the Father has chosen and all those who want to put themselves under His loving, righteous banner. He came to divide good from evil, right from wrong, the righteous things of God from the unrighteous things of the satan, the wheat from the tares. We see this within the very first few verses of the Bible:
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.Gen 1:3
And even all through the Bible.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.Mat 10:34
Just to be clear there is no inference here whatsoever of some sort of “christian jihad”. What this is all referring to is a spiritual battle.
Apostle Paul expressed it very clearly in Ephesians 6:12:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
While Yeshua cam for all who would seek Him, He specifically came to gather the chosen ones of God: All who want to place themselves under His loving grace. He came to unite the (relatively) few, the Remnant, that would be voices crying in the wilderness to the glory of their God.
The Remnant today
Just as Yeshua was doing that then, He is still doing so today. If you are reading this God is probably calling you to be a part of the few who He will call upon in special ways to represent Him both today, and in the days ahead.
God is loving and gracious beyond our comprehension. It is His desire that all would come to Him, that none would perish, and that we all would fulfill the destiny that He has established for us.
As we are made in His image we too should be loving and gracious. So today I encourage you to be confident in the calling that He has placed upon you. Find comfort in the reality that God will be your shield and buckler as you pursue Him and reach out to a lost world as a part of the Remnant of God.
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