B. The Economy in God's Selection
1. A Remnant Reserved by Grace
1 I say then, Has God 1cast away His people? Absolutely not! For aI also am an Israelite, out of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage concerning Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
3 a"Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars; and I am left alone, and they are seeking my 1life.''
4 But what does the divine answer say to him? a"I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to 1bBaal.''
5 In the same way then at the present time also there has come into being a remnant according to the aselection of grace.
6 But if by agrace, it is no longer out of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.
7 What then? That which aIsrael is seeking after, this it has not obtained, but the chosen have obtained it, and the rest have been bhardened;
8 As it is written, a"God gave them a spirit of deep sleep, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, until this very day.''
9 And David says, a"Let their table become a snare and a trap and a stumbling block and a retribution to them;
10 aLet their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see; and bend their back continually.''