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Mondaylapsus » fall, lapse (specifically, the fall of Adam and Eve from original righteousness)

Tuesdaygratia particularis sive specialis » particular or special grace (grace of God given savingly only to the elect)

Wednesdayrations aeternae » eternal or divine ideas (archetypal ideas or universals which exist in the mind of God and are foundation for human certainty)

Thursdayconsilium Dei » counsel of God (the decision of God, the active & eternal willing of all things)

Friday: rectitude » rectitude, uprightness (the condition of man as created in the image and likeness of God)

Saturdayprothesis » purpose or plan; the divine purposes (e.g. Rom. 8:28)

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MondayTrinitas » Trinity, the existence of God as one in essence (essential) and three in person (persona) #Trinity

Tuesdaysubsistentia » individual instance of a given essence (Latin equivalent of Greek hypostatis) #Trinity

Wednesdaypersona » person (Latin equivalent of Greek prosopon); used by Tertullian to refute Sabellian heresy #Trinity

Thursdaytres personae in una essentia divina » three *persons* in one divine essence #Trinity

Friday: homoousius » of the same substance (consubstantial); term central to Augustine’s argument against Arius #Trinity

Saturdaypaternitas, filiatio, and processio » hypostatic character of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, respectively #Trinity

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Mondayopera Dei ad extra » the outward or external works of God (God creating, sustaining, & relating to finite things)

TuesdayTheologia a Deo docetur, Deum docet, et ad Deum ducit » Theology is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God

Wednesdaymisericordia dei » the mercy or compassion of God (one of the affections of the divine will) #sothankfulforthis

Thursdayfoedus monopleuron » one-sided or one-way covenant (bestowed by God & exhibiting His will toward man)

Friday: praedicatio evangelii » the preaching of the gospel

Saturdaypactum salutis » covenant of redemption (intratrinitarian agreement of Father & Son regarding covenant of grace)

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Mondaymedia gratiae » means of grace (principally Word and sacraments)

Tuesdayregnum Christi » the rule/kingdom of Christ (in 3 expressions: regnum potentiae, regnum gratiae, & regnum gloriae)

Wednesdayin via » on the way (term applied to Christian pilgrim in the world on his way to heavenly reward and blessedness)

Thursdayprimitas dei » God as first and ultimate of all things, the being of highest order

Friday: fides iustificans » justifying faith (faith through or on which we are justified by grace)

Saturdaymotivum credibilitatis » motivation toward belief (the authority of church testifying to the authority of Scripture)

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Mondaytheologia crucis » theology of the cross (term used by Luther; true knowledge rest upon the hiddenness of God)

Tuesdayunio cum Christo » union with Christ (the marrow of Christian theology, the heart of the gospel)

Wednesdayviator » pilgrim or sojourner (literally “one on the way, or *in via*, describing Christians seeking city of God)

Thursdayintercessio Christi » the intercession of Christ (supplication offered by Christ as in His priestly office)

Friday: contritio » contrition (a genuine repentance arising out of filial fear and love for God)

Saturdaypropheta omnibus excellentior » a prophet more excellent than all others (Jesus, in his prophetic office)

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Mondayobedientia Christi » obedience of Christ (Christ’s obedient work as Mediator, performed for our redemption)

Tuesdayprimum movens » the first mover (God as the first, efficient cause of all things)

Wednesdaypraecepta caritatis » precepts or commands of love (i.e., the Two Great Commandments)

Thursdaytheologia catechetica » catechetical theology (basic theology required of all Christians)

Friday: piaculum » an expiation or expiatory sacrifice (atonement for an offense, as in the death of Christ)

Saturdaymeditatio nutrix orationis » “meditation is the nurse of prayer” (via Thomas Brooks, The Secret Key to Heaven)

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I started a new series on Twitter several months ago, called “50¢ Word(s) of the Day”.  Here’s the fourteenth installment from this past week:

Mondaymetanoia » repentance, change of mind (leading to a change of action)

Tuesdaylux dei » the light of God (cf. 1John 1:5, indicating truth, holiness, and purity of God)

Wednesdaypromissiones Dei » the promises of God (given in Scripture concerning salvation)

Thursdayfidelitas Dei » faithfulness of God (who is consistent & constant in his promises and his grace)

Friday: perfectio dei » perfections of God (the absolute, unchanging excellencies of God in his being & all his attributes)

Saturdaytestimonium internum Spiritus Sancti » internal testimony of the Holy Spirit (concerning the truth of Scripture)

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I started a new series on Twitter several months ago, called “50¢ Word(s) of the Day”.  Here’s the thirteenth installment from this past week:

Mondayparousia » parousia, advent (esp. second visible coming of Christ as Judge)

Tuesdaycredenda » things to be believed (Christian doctrine)

Wednesdaycommunio sanctorum » communion of the saints (Christian community, body of believers)

Thursdaynecessitas naturae » necessity of nature (limit of thought and action belonging to the nature of a thing or being)

Friday: homo peccator » man the sinner (man after the Fall)

Saturdayduplex cognate Dei » twofold knowledge of God (nonsaving [Creator] and saving [Redeemer])

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I started a new series on Twitter several months ago, called “50¢ Word(s) of the Day”.  Here’s the twelth installment from this past week:

Mondayimitatio Christi » imitation of Christ (a central theme in Christian piety & spirituality)

Tuesdayira dei » the wrath of God against sin (a function of the iustitia Dei, the righteousness of God)

Wednesdaytentatio » trial, affliction, temptation (intended to test & strengthen a believer’s faith & obedience)

Thursdaytheanthropos » God-man (Latin, Deus-homo)

Friday: una persona geminae substantiae » one person of two substances (standard patristic Christological formula)

Saturdayin carne / in gratia / in gloria » in the flesh, in grace, in glory (referring to the three advents of Christ)

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I started a new series on Twitter several months ago, called “50¢ Word(s) of the Day”.  Here’s the eleventh installment from this past week:

Mondayposse non pecarre » able not to sin (the condition of Adam before the Fall)

Tuesdayprocessio » the personal property and relation of the Spirit to the Father and the Son

Wednesdayilluminatio » the realization or actuality of grace by which the Holy Spirit instructs the sinner in & thru the Word

Thursdayprima causa » the first cause (God, the cause of all things, noncontingent necessary being)

Fridaytestes veritas » witnesses of the truth (teachers & confessions of the church throughout history)

Saturdayprotevangelium » the protogospel, the first gospel announcement (Gen. 3:15), inception of covenant of grace

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