Do we see theologically?

I heard a story today about preventing grace, although the person who told the story did not use that word.

It got me thinking about how much we internalize our theological vocabulary. Do we actually come to the place where we see and experience the world in terms of God talk?

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5 thoughts on “Do we see theologically?

    1. No, but they mean the same thing.

      Preventing grace is actually the word Wesley used. People changed the word because the word “preventing” has a slightly different meaning to most people than what it meant to Wesley.

      A couple quotes from Wesley sermons:

      “Whatever may have been the case at first, while man was in a state of innocence, both the one and the other is now a branch of that supernatural gift of God which we usually style, preventing grace.”

      “If we take this in its utmost extent, it will include all that is wrought in the soul by what is frequently termed “natural conscience,” but more properly, “preventing grace”; –all the drawings of the Father; the desires after God, which, if we yield to them, increase more and more; –all that light wherewith the Son of God “enlighteneth every one that cometh into the world;” showing every man “to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with his God”; –all the convictions which His Spirit, from time to time, works in every child of man–although it is true, the generality of men stifle them as soon as possible, and after a while forget, or at least deny, that they ever had them at all.”

    1. The discussion prevenient and preventing proves the point. We do need to know the meanings. Our pastor interrupted the planned flow of service after a hymn to explain “raise my Ebenezer.” It helped us to better comprehend his sermon on souvenirs to help our memories. Some theological words best describe the situation and need definition. Most pastors use theological words when more commonly used ones would suffice.

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