Of Free Will.
I. God hath endued the will of
man with that natural liberty, that is neither forced, nor by any absolute
necessity of nature determined, to good or evil.a
a Matt. 17:12; James
1:14; Deut. 30:19.
II. Man, in his state of
innocency, had freedom and power to will and to do that which is good and
well-pleasing to God;b
but yet mutably, so that he might fall from it.c
b Eccl. 7:29; Gen.
c Gen. 2:16,17; Gen.
III. Man, by his fall into a
state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good
so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good,e
and dead in sin,f is
not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself
d Rom. 5:6; Rom 8:7;
e Rom. 3:10,12.
f Eph. 2:1,5; Col.
g John 6:44,65; Eph.
2:2-5; 1 Cor. 2:14; Tit. 3:3-5.
IV. When God converts a sinner,
and translates him into the state of grace, he freeth him from his natural
bondage under sin,h
and by his grace alone, enables him freely to will and to do that which is
yet so as that, by reason of his remaining corruption, he doth not perfectly
nor only will that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil.k
h Col. 1:13; John
i Phil. 2:13; Rom.
k Gal. 5:17; Rom.
V. The will of man is made
perfectly and immutably free to do good alone in the state of glory only.l
l Eph. 4:13; Heb.
12:23; 1 John 3:2; Jude ver. 24.
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