Reformed Theology: God's Grace

JeffLogan's picture

This discussion will be limited to the discussion of God's grace as it pertains to Reformed Theology.

Barry writes,

I would like to suggest that we explore the topic of "God's Grace " as it relates specifically to the process of one's coming to salvation. I personally am particularly interested in the doctrine of "Prevenient Grace", however, at ElderDad's suggestion which points out our primary forum theme, addressing the RT position termed "Irresistible Grace" first is the more appropriate approach.

So, if this approach is acceptable, I would invite someone to begin this thread by first defining the term, then giving a brief re-cap of the history of "TULIP", and concluding with Scriptural references supporting the concept. That should get us rolling.

Barring objections, I would encourage someone in the Reformed camp to please begin.

Grace and peace to all.


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(The first 3 headings are reserved for Reformed Theology Adherents ONLY)

Defining the terms (No opposing views here)
     Irresistible Grace
     Prevenient Grace
Brief re-cap of the history of "TULIP" (No opposing views here)
     Early History
     Later History
     Unfolding History/Current Understanding
Scriptural references supporting the concept (No opposing views here)
     Irresistible Grace
     Prevenient Grace
1st Discussion: Irresistible Grace
2nd Discussion: Prevenient Grace
3rd Discussion: etc...

bwarddvm's picture

Re: References to Grace

Thank you for researching those references to God's grace. Indeed the New Testament is replete with them. But one very important point for us to notice, I believe, is that the context in most all, if not all (I admit to not doing a totally thorough study of them as yet) is that they are all addressed to the church. They are intended for the believers to read and comprehend. As believers we are able not only to receive God's enabling grace in different way than unbelievers, and to comprehend it in a spiritual way that unbelievers cannot. (1 Corinthians 2:12-16).

I don't know if this is relevant to the point you are making, but I want all of us to be sure that we view grace to the unbeliever in a totally different context to that of the believer.