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: we differ on the distinctions....

That which is a manifestation of God's grace has its root cause in God's grace, right? Thus it is made possible by God's grace and would not be possible without God's grace, right? If that definition works for you then we're good as far as I'm concerned. I don't want to get into picking nits with you.

The way in which men respond to God's grace in relation to salvation is one of the defining differences in the RT concepts of Common Grace compared to Special Grace. RT believes common grace is given to all men, special grace is given only to the elect. Our presentation of Special Grace will give those details. RT also believes that once one receives salvation (referred to as 'justification') and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that person is then empowered to see and understand God's grace in a whole new and deeper manner than they ever could in their unregenerate, unbelieving state. Once this material has been posted in detail we will all have a foundation from which to discuss the merits or demerits of RT as it relates to the overall understanding of God's grace.