The Day of Visitation
What I like about this idea is that it makes it our responsibility how we respond to the promptings of God in our lives. It shows God's respect for our free will in the way we respond. It also means that our response has real consequences and at some point we are stuck with the consequences. If we are sufficiently reprobate, we eventually will loose the ability to return to God. Barclay says:
Whence, to men in this condition may be fitly applied those scriptures which are abused to prove that God incites men necessarily to sin: this is notably expressed by the apostle (Rom. 1, from v.17 to the end), but especially v. 28, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
If nothing else, this shows that the abuse of Romans 1 is not a new phenomenon.
Barclay will argue in the 9th proposition that is is possible to become so established in ones faith that it impossible to fall away completely. We do not know how this day of visitation will last for ourselves or for others. Barclay gives the example of the thief on the cross whose day of visitation clearly lasted up until the last moments of his life. Since we do not know how long we have, it is a motivation to turn to God while there is still time. “Call now, operators standing by.”