We must now consider the exterior principle of human acts, i. e. God, in so far as, through grace, we are helped by Him to do right: and, first, we must consider the grace of God; secondly, its cause; thirdly, its effects.
The first point of consideration will be threefold: for we shall consider (1) The necessity of grace; (2) grace itself, as to its essence; (3) its division.
Under the first head there are ten points of inquiry:
A Whether without grace man can know anything?
A Whether without God's grace man can do or wish any good?
A Whether without grace man can love God above all things?
A Whether without grace man can keep the commandments of the Law?
A Whether without grace he can merit eternal life?
A Whether without grace man can prepare himself for grace?
A Whether without grace he can rise from sin?
A Whether without grace man can avoid sin?
A Whether man having received grace can do good and avoid sin without any further Divine help?
A Whether he can of himself persevere in good?