Similarly, even after the fall, "in this life the believer increases in grace" – though now immutably so. "He grows upward in love…. He grows outwardly by a life of holiness…. The believer perseveres…. [This] is evident…from the prayers of the believers" – and "from the continued influences of the Holy Spirit." Thus Rev. A.S. Paterson.
******* The Westminster Confession insists12 "God…created man, male and female, with reasonable and immortal souls endued with knowledge, righteous-ness and
11 New York: Robert Carter & Bros., 1859, pp. 29,60-62,144f. 12 4:2.