Jesus while speaking to the apostles tells them that the mystery of the kingdom was being given to them, but not to those who are on the outside. Now, Calvinists would assume that those on the outside are non-elect reprobates but look at what the verse goes on to say. "...otherwise they might return and be forgiven." This passage is clearly teaching that those on the outside might be forgiven if Christ didn't choose to keep his message hidden from them in parables. Calvinists, Please explain to us how a non-elect man might be forgiven if Christ chose not to speak in parables? If a natural man is born Total Depraved why does Christ need to speak in parables to prevent him from understanding and repenting unto forgiveness?