…not merely an optional addition…

They (the creature) may continue to be because God willed to fulfill and has already fulfilled this word by Himself becoming a creature in his son, by giving up Himself becoming in his son, by giving up himself for the creature and its salvation, by himself accomplishing this salvation. Because the creature is saved by Him, because it partakes of this salvation by Himself, the creature is sustained and preserved by Him. It may continue to be because the Word of God is true and actual, because the grace of God is not merely an optional addition to its creaturely existence but the solid basis and wholly effective condition of this existence. KBCD III/3 p. 84-5.

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