Daily Archives: December 11, 2011

Prevenient Grace – some more thoughts

My soul clings to you; 
   your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:44

Prevenient Grace was not a doctrine I grew up with as it is not popular in Calvinist circles which is, rightfully, cautious about giving man credit for his own salvation. However, the more I reflect on its simple truth, the more I love it. A.W.Tozer decribes it as, “That before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man.”

Simply. the doctrine of Prevenient Grace reminds me of a number othings:

1. It reminds me of my blind condition: the impact of sin is deadly to my spiritual sight.

2. It reminds me of the amazing grace of God who, through His Spirit pursues me and gives me His Spirit to open my eyes.

3. It also reminds of my need to repent and believe. (e.g. John 3:16).

In the list of doctines, such as Justifying Grace and Sanctifying Grace, remember Prevenient Grace – God pursuing us. As the old hymn declares:

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
he moved my soul to seek him, seeking me;
it was not I that found, O Savior true;
no, I was found of thee. Anon C19th
Usually sung to the beautiful tune Finlandia.
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