But as man by the fall did not cease to be a creature endowed with
understanding and will, nor did sin which pervaded the whole race of mankind
deprive him of the human nature, but brought upon him depravity and spiritual
death; so also this grace of regeneration does not treat men as senseless
stocks and blocks, nor take away their will and its properties, or do violence
thereto; but it spiritually quickens, heals, corrects, and at the same time
sweetly and powerfully bends it, that where carnal rebellion and resistance
formerly prevailed, a ready and sincere spiritual obedience begins to reign; in
which the true and spiritual restoration and freedom of our will consist.
Wherefore, unless the admirable Author of every good work so deal with us, man
can have no hope of being able to rise from his fall by his own free will, by
which, in a state of innocence, he plunged himself into ruin.