There has been much talk recently about Romans chapter 9 and the vessels (pots) spoken of in that chapter. I remember learning in Hermeneutics class that it is always better to allow scripture to help interpret scripture. So, where else doesn't Paul speak of pots/vessels? Maybe this will help us come to the correct interpretation and thus application of Romans 9: 2 Timothy 2: 20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Hmmmmm, for some reason Paul doesn't have any problem saying that the vessel has the ability to "cleanse himself." Maybe Paul wasn't a Calvinist after all...or at least not a very good one.