I'm sure this is a very basic question to most of you but it has confused me. While following Dr Walter's thread on Romans 11 and reading chapter 11, it says: "But if it is by grace (speaking of God's gracious choice in verse 5), it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace." I know His choice was never based on works so what does this mean? Those in the OT were saved in the same way as we are - they looked forward to the cross and we look back to the cross. Thank you for your help - I'm sure this won't be the last question I'll have. I'm looking forward to having a place to go with my questions no matter how elementary they are.