If humanity had a will that was determined it would be opposed to all reason. This would make humanity nothing but a “pitiful slave”. It can be common reason for us to look at see that men judge the morals of any kind from the intent of the heart. The heart, will, mind of humanity is what prompts us to act. It is what prompts us to sin. We act in ways that are not rational when we act contrary to our judgment and contrary to our inclination. This is not a free person. Nor is this a person who is responsible.
It is not hypothetical to think the human soul has power to act in a way contrary to its condition. Rather the human soul will act in accordance with its strongest desires. Humanity left to their own condition will always act in a way that is non-contradictory. If it were possible for humanity to act contrary to their nature, this could not be foreseen by God neither could it be controlled. Jesus speaks against this notion that humanity can act contrary to a nature left to its own volition. This is the fruit that is determined by the nature of the tree notes Hodge.
There is only one way to change the action of humanity. That is to change their character. There must be a change their “moral tendency and habit of the heart”
Matt 7:16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Matt 7:17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. Matt 7:18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Matt 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matt 7:20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Matt 12:33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. Matt 12:34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matt 12:35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.Part 1