Three Facets of Prevenient Grace

, posted by drwayman

This post was provided by SEA member Roy Ingle

Was reading a bit today from a Wesleyan scholar and he noted three ways we see prevenient grace in the world today. They are:

Anthropology – We are created in the image of God and thus His laws and His existence are written upon every human heart (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18; 2:15). Because of sin, we oppress this truth of God’s grace.

Cosmological – We see in God’s creation His mercy and His grace but again, because of sin, we reject His rule over us (Romans 1:20).

Pneumatology – The Holy Spirit is at work in the earth today to open the hearts of sinners to the gospel, to convict of sin, and to regenerate those who repent (John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5-7).

By these three means, the Lord is working to draw sinners to Himself. The gospel, however, must be preached for sinners to be saved (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:14-17; 1 Corinthians 1:21). The Holy Spirit uses the above to draw sinners but the gospel must be preached. This is the means by which God has ordained to save sinners, through the gospel (Romans 1:16-17).

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