We must now consider merit, which is the effect of cooperating grace; and under this head there are ten points of inquiry:
- Whether a man can merit anything from God?
- Whether without grace anyone can merit eternal life?
- Whether anyone with grace may merit eternal life condignly?
- Whether it is chiefly through the instrumentality of charity that grace is the principle of merit?
- Whether a man may merit the first grace for himself?
- Whether he may merit it for someone else?
- Whether anyone can merit restoration after sin?
- Whether he can merit for himself an increase of grace or charity?
- Whether he can merit final perseverance?
- Whether temporal goods fall under merit?