Thomists say efficacious grace is decreed efficacious

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Thomists say “efficacious grace” is decreed ________________“efficacious” by God. ________________ grace – help God gives us to continue in faith and obedience till death.Note: Catholics believe efficacious grace does not necessarily lead to ______________ grace.Augustine – “God sometimes gives grace to begin, but not to persevere…”)Note: Because Catholicism is synergistic, man’s free will __________ to use God’s help to obey is vital.The Protestant emphasis on “by grace through faith, not of works” ________________ free will.Some ______________ scholars are pursuing elements of Molinism to reconcile sovereignty andfree will. All Molinists agree on three things:1. a libertarianaccount of free will. (It is not _____________ by inherited sinfulness.)Unlike Pelagians, Molinists believe free will is the result of God’s_________________grace.2. that God’s grace is not _______________efficacious (it does not work by itself).Man’s ____ ___ free will makes grace efficacious. "Grace" = opportunity + aid.3. that God has ______________ knowledge (of a realm between what already exists and what is _________ __ ______.)Middle knowledge concerns _______________ which includes both the free will decisions that people shall make and those choices they would make if their circumstances were to be different. Futuribilia also includes the _______________ of those decisions.
68God’s Three Realms of KnowledgeGod’s ___________ Knowledge (Derived from God’s nature or essence)Includes all necessary truths including the fact that some things are possible if God would only decide to bring them about.God’s ___________ Knowledge(Recognizes what each person would do in any potential world God could create)Molinism says that God chooses the world that contains each person’s choice which God can use best for God’s overall purpose.God’s ___________ Knowledge (Recognizes the potentialities God actualizes)This is a subset of God’s natural knowledge.Catholic Molinists _____________ between themselves concerning three issues.Some resemble “Semi- _______________ (Efficacious grace sovereignly _____________ the elect.)Some resemble “Semi-_____________ (God elects those He foresees freely choose to comply w/ grace.)1. How does God know the decisions people would make in a given situation?Those who resemble ___________________________ say,that God knows people well enough to deduce their decisions “with ______________________ precision.”Those who resemble ______________________ say,that such a description of God's foresight is contrary to the idea of human ___________________.(exa, If a man must choose A in circumstance C, then how can his will be called "free"?)These Molinists say God simply knows what people will do even though their decisions are not guaranteedby their circumstances. This prevents God from controlling their decisions by controlling their situation. In this way, God really does elect people based on His foresight of men’s free will decisions alone. (This was Molina's opinion.)
692. What is the real reason that ______________gracebecomes efficacious graceby man’s free will?Those who resemble Semi-Augustinians follow __________________ which says,God first decides to give efficacious grace to a person.

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