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: over-analysis

Hello Noshi,

I want to thank you very much for your post. I believe you have expressed very well the crux of the conflict involving the the ongoing debate within Christendom of how God's sovereignty and man's free will coexist in harmony with the will of God, particularly how it all relates to the salvation of God's elect. At the personal individual level it comes down to how one deals with the obvious mysteries, the relevant Scriptural truths, and one's life experience and observations, with the latter being, in my opinion, perhaps the greatest single factor in tipping the scales one way or the other when all is said and done. We truly do address the issues at the human level with our human minds because that is the absolute limit of our understanding in terms of what we are able to communicate and express to one another. I am sure it is likely that we can also harbor some convictions that we cannot even express in words.

I would like to take a day or two to reflect upon your thoughts before I give a more complete response. You have posed thoughtful questions that require and deserve thoughtful responses.