Thanks @RonCorson for the follow up. Getting into the details of imagined conversations continues in the realm of speculation. Here is the reference that I am attracted to, the one which suggests that our ability to understand the divine mechanism of our own salvation, is, like our creation, beyond not only science, but philosophy, and human reasoning, and thus will ever remain a mystery because both creation and redemption cannot be explained. These are truly acts of god.
“The only way in which we can gain a more perfect apprehension of truth is by keeping the heart tender and subdued by the Spirit of Christ. The soul must be cleansed from vanity and pride, and vacated of all that has held it in possession, and Christ must be enthroned within. Human science is too limited to comprehend the atonement. The plan of redemption is so far-reaching that philosophy cannot explain it. It will ever remain a mystery that the most profound reasoning cannot fathom. The science of salvation cannot be explained; but it can be known by experience. Only he who sees his own sinfulness can discern the preciousness of the Saviour.” DA 495-496.
Rereading Paul’s thoughts in Ephesians today, he confirms the mystery by declaring that we have ‘put our hope in Christ.’ (1:12) We hope (actually, trust) because our salvation is utterly beyond our potential to explain, and will be for eternity. Like Job, we do well to say, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know." (ch 42).
When we get down to hope, we truly have something indisputable to share. And we truly have the basis for loving one another. In fact, there is no difference between sharing hope and loving one another. It is the arguing over explanations that is the barrier to discipleship, which is uniquely confirmed by our love one for another. The great commission reads, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28 And what did Jesus command? Ah, to love one another as I have loved you. That is, to make disciples indiscriminately, and then to baptize them, and then to continue to love them into disciple makers.
Or something like this … and your experience will be your very own … I like comparing notes on our experiences. Many thanks …