“God could not have created man at the beginning such as he is now born.” – Augustinian Professor Michael Baius
“For the Word of God, who is God, wills always and in everything to bring about the mystery of His embodiment.” – St. Maximus the Confessor
In other words, grace is natural to man. The divine power is a part of man’s NATURAL integrity. There is not a set of gifts given to “nature” and then another set of gifts given to “supernature”. When our parents “fell from grace” there was not a fall into “nature” stripped of “supernature,” rather it is something UNnatural (this means that there is no concept of ‘natura pura’ either actually or theoretically). The fall is a fall into dialectic. I cannot be a human person without grace. We stand within the Incarnation and understand this question and we can equally say with Michael Baius — against the Thomistic tradition on some conception of the “absolute gratuity of grace” without reference to the Incarnation — that given that God wills the mystery of His embodiment in Jesus Christ, God could not have created me other than I already am. The vision of God is natural to man, what God does in Redemption, He does in Creation. God intention in Creating was to will the mystery of His embodiment in Jesus Christ.