Tag Archives | Grace

Spirit, Love, and Grace | Paul Tillich

Paul TillichTheologically speaking, Spirit, love, and grace are one and the same reality in different aspects. Spirit is the creative power; love is its creation; grace is the effective presence of love in man.

—Paul Tillich in Amos Yong, Spirit of Love: A Trinitarian Theology of Grace (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012), 79-80.

Global Fracture | Frank D. Macchia

Frank MacchiaThe fact that the global church is deeply fractured is a scandal that affects the capacity of the local church to experience the Spirit in all of the dimensions of grace possible in the here and now.

—Frank D. Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006), 210.

Christian Initiation | Frank D. Macchia

Frank MacchiaMany Pentecostals lessen the power of their focus on Spirit baptism by removing it completely from Christian initiation and identity and making it merely an enhancement of power supplemental to the life of grace.

—Frank D. Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006), 152.

Grace & Nature | Peter Kreeft

peter-kreeftJust as light, because it transcends all colors rather than being a rival color, brings out and perfects all colors, so divine grace, since it transcends nature rather than rivaling it, perfects nature rather than setting it aside.

—Peter Kreeft, Summa Philosophica (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2012), 115.

Grace and Effort | Dallas Willard

Faith is not opposed to knowledge; it is opposed to sight. And grace is not opposed to effort; it is opposed to earning.

—Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1984, 1993, 1999), 194.

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