Prevenient grace is a divine grace that precedes human decision. This grace is given without any human having to do anything to earn it. Steve Witzki speaks on this topic of prevenient grace in his exert titled “A preliminary defense of prevenient grace”. In his writing he states “The need for this prevenient grace is based upon man’s fallen condition. Wesleyans and Calvinist are in fundamental agreement on man’s depravity. In fact, the command to repent and believe, found throughout scripture, would be impossible were it not for God’s grace”. In the New International Version of John 1 and 9 it reads: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. This type of life changing offer is open and available to all of mankind. Not everyone accepts salvation, but God does not take his offer off the table because someone rejects him. He leaves his offer of ever-lasting life available to all because of grace. Grace that no one earned, or worked hard to obtain. Salvation is not offered more to a genuinely good person than it is to a genuinely bad person. “John 12: 32 declares that all men are drawn to Christ. This gracious drawing is resistible, but provides all people with the opportunity to believe. The Greek verb helkuo does not mean that God irresistibly drags the elect into faith. There is no though here of force or magic. The term figuratively expresses the supernatural power of the love of God or Christ which goes out to al...
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...s unmerited favor gives man access to God’s presence in the same way that Jesus had access to God while he was in the earth. Hebrews 10:20 gives a break-down of the two elements of this grace which is access and power. “By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place” (NLT Bible). This type of grace is applied because of God’s love. This grace is given based on one’s desire to be close to the Lord and to understand and dwell in the presence of God. When this grace is not applied, no one is damaged or hurt in anyway, this grace opens doors that may not have normally been opened.
Grace can be so many things. Grace to me is Prevenient and Favor and unwarranted but needed and vital and essential. Grace is underserving but never ending. Grace is salvation, the opportunity to choose salvation. Grace is love. Grace is God.
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