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Chap. IX.

Of Free-will.

GOD hath indued the Will of man with that naturall liberty, that is neither forced, nor by any abſolute neceſſity of nature determined to do good or evil[1].

II. Man, in his ſtate of Innocency, had freedom and, power, to will, and to doe that which was good, and well pleaſing to God[2]; but yet, mutably, ſo that hee might fall from it[3].

III. Man by his fall into a ſtate of ſin, hath wholly loſt all ability of Will to any ſpirituall good accompanying ſalvation[4]: ſo as, a naturall man, being altogether averſe from that good[5], and dead in ſin[6], is not able, by his own ſtrength, to convert himſelfe, or to prepare himſelf thereunto[7].

IV. When God converts a ſinnner, and tranſlates him into the ſtate of grace he freeth him from his natural bondage under ſin[8] and by his grace alone, inables him freely to will, and to do that which is ſpiritually good[9], yet ſo, as that by reaſon of his remaining corruption, he doth not, perfectly, nor onely, will which is good, but doth alſo will that which is evil[10].

V. The will of man is made perfectly, and immutably free to good alone, in the ſtate of Glory only[11].