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Confession 9.1. 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.
Confession 9.2. Man, in his state of innocency, had
freedom and power to will and to do that which was good, and well pleasing to
God;(b) but yet, mutably, so that he might fall from it.(c)
(b) Eccles. 7:29; Gen. 1:26.
(c) Gen. 2:16, 17; Gen. 3:6.
Confession 9.3. Man, by his fall into a state of sin,
hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying
salvation:(d) 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 thereunto.(g)
(d) Rom. 5:6; Rom 8:7; John 15:5.
(e) Rom. 3:10, 12.
(f) Eph. 2:1, 5; Col. 2:13.
(g) John 6:44, 65; Eph. 2:2, 3, 4, 5; I Cor. 2:14; Titus 3:3, 4, 5.
Confession 9.4. 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 spiritually good;(i) 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 8:34, 36.
(i) Phil. 2:13; Rom. 6:18, 22.
(k) Gal. 5:17; Rom. 7:15, 18, 19, 21, 23.
Confession 9.5. 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; I John 3:2; Jude ver. 24.