In a topic related but distinct from the vessels of wrath thread much discussion takes place over this topic. Have you studied this issue out, and what conclusion if any did you come to? http://members.toast.net/puritan/Articles/CommonGrace.htm Common Grace by Mitch Cervinka 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? Romans 9:22 The term "Common Grace" refers to the fact that, in this life, God treats all men, whether elect or not, far better than they deserve. He sends sunshine and rain upon both the wicked and the godly. It is called "common" because these blessings are given to elect and non-elect alike. It is called "grace" because these blessings are undeserved. Although the basic concept seems simple enough, there are controversies surrounding some of the finer points of this doctrine. Does God show this grace to the non-elect because He loves them? Did Christ purchase these common-grace blessings for all men through His sufferings and death? Is common grace restricted to the material blessings that God gives to all men, or does it also encompass certain spiritual blessings as well?