What do the Scriptures mean when it refers to a remnant? The remnant is a survivor who returns to God after the Lord gave His judgment to people due to the willful pride of heart. The remnant is also a seed. [Isa. 10:20-21, 17-18; Isa. 1:8-9 Douay-Rheims]. It is true that in the eyes of many people a remnant is considered as worthless, but God gives high value to those whom He had set apart for a purpose. The remnant is not an institution, but individuals scattered in various places. It is a virtue, a trait or quality. Whoever, whatever, and wherever he is, if he obeys God’s teachings, he is a remnant
Are there examples in the Scriptures showing the importance of remnants? Noah and his family were the remnants after the great flood. God established a covenant with Noah’s family and his descendants after him. Lot and his two daughters were the survivors after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, a very small remnant. [Gen. 7:23; 9:8-9; 19:1-29].
What is the role of the remnants? As God’s people, in the Old and New Covenant, we are expected to be faithful to the truth and God’s righteousness despite apostasy and opposition. [Isa. 1:9, 4-5, 7-8]. The remnants keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Christ Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy. [Rev. 12:17; 19:10]. Though the remnant is a very small minority, one thing for sure that the remnants are aware of is the fact that we are saved by God’s grace and not by any merit in ourselves.
We are scattered in different places in the world. As remnants, we are favoured with God’s compassion, a truth that can never be denied. We are people who humbly appreciate God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness because of the salvation we received through the finished work of the Lord done on the cross. God gives us the assurance of having a guiding light in life’s journey. God is always the source of our strength. We who endure and believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour are sure that we have peace of mind, heart, and soul. We are one with God and Christ Jesus. [Micah 7:18-19; Rom. 11:5; 9:27; 2 Peter 1:19-20; John 17:21-23].