Continuing . . . you asserted: "However, predestination, foreordination, and election, 'the elect', the remnant, refers to the body of Christ as a whole, not individuals to salvation."
I'm afraid that the twisting of scripture that you referred to . . . is quite required to make such a statement. Can you show me from what is Written . . . where this is stated?
The Bible demonstrates that God "elects", "predestines" both individuals and groups/nations. It is not one or the other. He predestines a single person to fulfill a certain role (according to His plan) and He also predestines whole people groups to conform to His purposes. Romans 16:13, 2 John 2:1,13; Acts 4:27-28 are just a few examples showing individual election . . . and several instances throughout Romans 9:1-33 tell the same. Especially this passage:
*“I will have mercy on
whom (singular in Greek)
I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom (singular in Greek)
I have compassion.” 16 So
then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God
who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose
I raised you (singular in Greek) up, to demonstrate My power in
you (singular in Greek), and that My name might be
proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom
(singular in Greek) He
desires, and He hardens whom (singular in Greek) He desires. 19 You will say to
me then, “Why
does He still find fault? For who (singular in Greek) resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who
are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to
the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the
potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for
honorable use, and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, although willing
to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much
patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so in
order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of
mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory-"
[I am noticing also as I read this . . . that verse 23 substantiates the proposition I made in my writing about how God's love (for His elect, His children--those NOT the children of the devil) is shown in the reality of Hell. But I digress. . . .]
While it is the case that Romans 9 reveals that God does elect whole nations for His purposes, there are 25 instances of INDIVIDUAL election described in Rom. 9:1-33.
When Paul teaches that "the potter [has] a right over the clay" and refers to ONE VESSEL being used for "honorable use" and "ANOTHER for dishonorable" THE INDIVIDUAL SINGLE VESSEL (individual election) is being shown in stark and clear terms . . . as opposed to some amorphous, generic mass. He did not say "group of vessels". He said "ONE VESSEL". Case closed. Although there are myriad examples in the Bible to show God's use and direction and predestinating of individuals to fulfill His will.
The whole reason prophets could accurately prophecy future events . . . was because God is in sovereign control over His creation and creatures . . . and such events are foreordained!
You also wrote: "The only passage that says chosen before the foundation of the world refers to those who would make up the body of Christ."
And I would just have to ask . . . how can you choose "those who would make up the body of Christ" without choosing them individually? The Body has limits. It has a boundary. It has specific, numbered members. "Many are called, few are chosen." It would be logically impossible to choose a Body of believers . . . without selecting each individual member to comprise the Body as a whole. The Body of Christ is made up of individuals, each one foreordained for that purpose. Let us turn to the Word of God to clarify:
"Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." --1 Cor. 12:27
The elected Body of Christ is made up of individual parts, each of whom are chosen by God.
"But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth," --2 Th. 2:13
"You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you."
"Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence." --Eph. 1:4
Is anything more plain than that God CHOSE us? That we did not choose Him? Did He say, "I choose all such people generically as have blond hair" . . . or "I choose everybody over 5 feet tall" . . . or . . . "I choose anyone who has freckles" . . . ? THAT would be a somewhat generic-type choosing of a corporate "body".
But instead we have specifics: "As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” --Rom 9:13
I think the big question in all this is why do some people want to insist that God does not choose individuals as He wills to do--and obviously does as seen in verse after verse? Why the insistence? Furthermore, how could some even consider it a heresy to suggest that God is sovereign over ALL things, including who does and does not inherit the Kingdom of God? I'm afraid it is usually in the interests of asserting MAN'S sovereignty over and above God's! Just like atheists and other haters of Biblical Christianity I have found that many "believers" also are offended that God holds ALL the cards. They cry foul. They don't like it. They argue (against all the evidence) that it cannot be so.
And others just haven't studied it out very well or were brought up under a certain tradition which they failed to seriously question and investigate in search of the truth, be it as it may.
And Paul, anticipating just such a reaction replies, "Who do you think you are to talk back to God like that? Can an object that was made say to its maker, 'Why did you make me like this? --Rom. 9:20
As for me and my house, if I err . . . I will err on the side of glorifying God over man any and every day.