Rom 9:23 "What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the vessels of His mercy, whom He prepared beforehand for glory"
I'm trying to better understand various interpretations of this verse. Those adhering to Reformed theology will likely say "God prepared some people ahead of time for salvation, and for glory (or for displaying His glory)." But how would non-Reformed theologians interpret this?
I've seen a couple of ideas:
- God is preparing Christians ahead of time for their entrance into heaven (God is preparing us for a place)
- This is speaking about Christians who have already died, saying God prepared them (vessels of mercy) ahead of time for heaven/glory, and He is preparing even us also ahead of time for heaven/glory (verse 24: "even us, whom He also called, not only from the Jews, but also from the Gentiles?")
- God, when creating people, prepared fragility in us beforehand, so that His glory would shine in those that freely choose to accept Christ (2 Cor 4:7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves (NLT).)