WNT(i) 2 God has not cast off His People whom He knew beforehand. Or are you ignorant of what Scripture says in speaking of Elijah--how he pleaded with God against Israel, saying, 3 "LORD, THEY HAVE PUT THY PROPHETS TO DEATH, AND HAVE OVERTHROWN THY ALTARS; AND, NOW THAT I ALONE REMAIN, THEY ARE THIRSTING FOR MY BLOOD"? 4 But what did God say to him in reply? "I HAVE RESERVED FOR MYSELF 7,000 MEN WHO HAVE NEVER BENT THE KNEE TO BAAL." 5 In the same way also at the present time there has come to be a remnant whom God in His grace has selected. 6 But if it is in His grace that He has selected them, then His choice is no longer determined by human actions. Otherwise grace would be grace no longer.