I have a question concerning the topic of first mention. I have heard that with the potter and the clay (Romans 9) that it actually refers to service that GOD has you do for him and not to salvation like the Calvinists believe. Could you please shed some light on this and possibly look at the potter and the clay in light of the topic of first mention.
Re: Who Are The Called. Would you agree that the Bible teaches that the free will vs predestination arguments (God choose us and we Choose Him) are both true and we can no more understand it than we can the trinity or the creation of Satan?
Once we have received salvation we are attuned to the Spirit of God. What happens to our spirit when we back slide? I know we are permanently sealed and even the gates of hell cannot undo our salvation, nor can we ourselves undo our salvation. I know during our periods of back sliding we are out of fellowship with Christ and open doors for curses and receive no blessings during this time. What I want to know is, our spirit, are we still attuned to the Spirit of God while we are out of fellowship?
In a discussion on Calvinism someone asked me about John 17:9, where Jesus tells His Father, “I do not pray for the world, but for those who You have given me.” This person used it in support of the view that some are born to be saved while others are not. Why did Jesus say that?
I’ve always wondered why Christ was so emphatic to His disciples that they “keep things quiet” and NOT reveal His Divinity to the masses. On many occasions, he instructed them not to reveal what they saw or heard. What do you think was the reason for this secrecy??