Biblical View of the Remnant Church (sample)
An excerpt from the iTi Level One, Session One course "Biblical View of the Remnant Church." All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. All other material is ©Copyright 1994, Dove Ministries International.
Each local assembly often has different levels of believers. One group are those who desire to get to heaven so they live hohorably, work to have a growing relationship with Jesus, attend services and work within the church. We also see a group of believers who desire more. They are the people who are "sold out." They live under the authoority of God's Word and submit to church leadership. They display an ever-increasing desire to go beyond the normal Christian life. Their hunger for God and their willingness to seek Him at all costs is a challenge and a sight to see.
They always press in for more than what others are satisfied with. They are the ones who rarely miss church, serve faithfully everywhere in God's house, and are the backbone of the ministry. They give and give and do not hold back, neither their lives nor their resources. The cost is always willingly paid in exchange for the increased sense and knowledge of Jesus. Their heart of desire often causes a separation based purely on having to have more.
God has always had someone or a group of people who desired more. They can be seen throughout the hstory of The Church. The Bible calls them "the Remnant."
Isaiah 28:5 (KJV) In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.
Zephaniah 2:9b (KJV) The residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
In our human thinking a remnant is something left over from a more vaulable item or larger piece. It is the end cut or something of little worth. Often a section of carpet too small to do much with is thrown into a corner and labeled a remnant with a marked-down price for quick and easy sale.
In God's mind, when He speaks of His remnant, He distinguishes a very costly and prized possession. God uses the word "remnant" to refer to people He knows He can use to fulfill His divine destiny for all of creation.
NOTE: The principles of hermeneutic law are that some of the scriptures used in this instruction will literally relate to the Jews historically as a nation. We see the value of using them interpretively and prophetically for speaking of The Church.
Isaiah 10:20-22 (KJV) And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. 22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
God's plan of salvation for the world will always be carried out by the remnant who truly believe and obey His Word, not by those who merely profess to believe.
Revelation 3:4-5 (KJV) Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Romans 11:5 (KJV) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
One basic element the Remnant Church will have is that they are the ones the Scriptures call "righteous." To live in these dark days believers have to fight a war against every form of ungodliness. Isaiah the prophet spoke of the day we live in now with both a warning and a hope of blessing.
Isaiah 60:1-6 (KJV) Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be convered unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah ; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.
Glory is the radiant presence of God upon a believer's life. To experience this manifestation, a believer must have a holy lifestyle. Right in the midst of a perverse generation, God's remnant will uphold a standard against the powers of darkness. The darker the days and the deeper the sins of men, the brighter and brighter God has promised He will shine through the Remnant.
God will always honor and reward the believers who diligently seek Him. Seeking God is the first step of becoming a Remnant believer.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
James 4:8 (KJV) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw high to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Drawing nearer is the behavior of a man whose hunger for God pushes him past what a common believer would do to find God. The diligent seeker can identify with others in our Bible history who did the same: Enoch, David, Noah, and of course, Jesus Himself!