A great Chef once predestined a three-egg omelette to be set before the King. Early in the morning, before a single egg was cracked, he set out the cookware, the recipe, a dozen eggs, and the fresh spices. He made a solemn promise to the King . . . “No matter what happens, this omelette I make will be brought to you, delicious, wholesome, and on-time!”
When the proper time came, the Chef cracked the first egg into a small bowl. It looked perfect. The yolk was a deep, rich yellow, obviously just bursting with flavor. He quickly scrambled the egg, and then poured it into the larger bowl where he was preparing the omelette.
He then cracked the second egg. It too looked fantastic. He scrambled that egg too, and then added it to the first.
But when he cracked the third egg, his nose wrinkled at the pungent, sulfurous odor. This egg had gone bad, and it was clearly unfit for the King. The Chef discarded this foul egg, and then thoroughly washed out the little bowl he was using.
Then the Chef cracked the fourth egg. It looked beautiful just like the first two eggs. The Chef smiled, scrambled it, and added it to the omelette. Then he proceeded to skillfully add the filling, the seasonings, and the spices. And he cooked the omelette to perfection.
As promised, the great Chef brought his perfect omelette to the King. It was delicious, wholesome, and on-time.
Interestingly, the Chef’s predestination of the *omelette* was not equivalent to a predestination of any individual *egg*. The Chef could pick up any given egg with the *intention* of adding it to the omelette, and yet make a decision to cast out the eggs that are found to be rotten. Yet the individual rotten eggs do not interfere with the creation of the perfect omelette.
The predestination of a corporate body (the Church) does not require predestination of that body’s members (individual people).
Of course, an egg cannot choose whether to be fresh or rotten. But people can choose. And according to Jeremiah 18, the Potter’s predestination of the clay is dependent on the clay’s disposition toward the Potter. If the clay chooses to be stubborn, then the Potter makes the clay into a vessel fit for destruction. But if the clay chooses to repent, then the Potter makes the clay into a vessel fit for glory.
But will this individual person or that individual person be a part of that Church? Well, that is all up to individual choice. Do you choose to be a fresh egg, or a rotten egg? The choice is up to you.