During the Early Modern period, theological students were trained to make good and proper distinctions. Ideally, the distinctions should help, not hinder, exegesis. So, for example, consider the distinction between God’s absolute power ( de potentia absoluta Dei ) and God’s ordained power ( de potentia ordinata Dei ). God’s absolute power is that power to do that which he will not necessarily effect (., turning a stone into bread). His ordained power involves his decree to do that which he has ordained to effect. Very simply, what God is able to do is not synonymous with what God has chosen to do.