Romans 9:22-23: What If God, Desiring To Show His Wrath And To Make Known His Power, Has Endured With Much Patience Vessels Of Wrath
Romans 9:22–23  What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,  in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— (ESV) Let's go back to the illustration of a potter and his clay. My experience with pottery was very short lived. I did make a few items that survived the kiln's heat. I had a few that did not survive the heat. Regardless of the outcome it was my right to make whatever I wanted with the clay and to determine how it would come out. This is the case in a much grander scale with God. Consider that God has perfect character. I do not. God's purpose with the clay is as a master potter. He is perfect in all that he does. Paul brings up the rhetorical question concerning God's patience with vessels that he knows are not going to survive the fiery kiln. Why does God create vessels of wrath?