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Q. 1. Did all mankind, without any exception, fall in Adam's first transgression ?
A. No: for our Lord Jesus Christ, who was one of Adam's posterity, did not fall with Adam, but was pera fectly free, both from original and actual sin. Heb. vii. 26, For such an high priest became us, who was holy,. harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. 1 Pet. ii. 22, Who did no sin..
Q. 2. How was it that the Lord Jesus Christ escaped the fall with Adam ?
A. Because our Lord Jesus descended from Adam by extraordinary generation, being born of a virgin.. Matth. i. 18, Now the birth of Christ was on this wise ; when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, bea fore they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Q: 3. Did all the posterity of Adam, besides Christ, fall in his first sin ?
A. All the posterity of Adam, besides Christ, descending from him by ordinary generation, did fall in his first sin. Rom. v. 12, By one man sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Q. 4. How could all the posterity of Adam, being then unborn, fall in his sin ?
A. All the posterity of Adam were in him before they were born, and so they sinned in him and fell with him. 1 Cor. xv. 22, For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Q. 5. How were all Adam's posterity in him when he first sinned?
A. 1. They were in him virtually, they were in his loins; and as Levi is said to pay tithes in Abraham, when only in his loins, Heb. vii. 9; so Adam's posterity sinned in his loins. 2. They were in him representatively; Adam was the common head and representative of all mankind.
Q. 6. What reason is there that the posterity of Adam should fall with Adam their representative ?
A. Because the covenant of works, wherein life was promised upon condition of obedience, was made with
Adam not only for himself, but also for his posterity : therefore, as if Adam had stood, all his posterity had stood with him ; so Adam falling, they all fell with him.
Q. 7. How could Adam be the representative of all his posterity, when there was none of them in being, to make choice of him for their representative?
A. 1. It was more fit Adam should be the representative of his posterity than any else, being the father of them all. 2. Though they did not choose him for their representative, yet God did choose him; and God made as good a choice for them, as they could have made for themselves.
Q. 17. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind ?
A. The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery
Q. 18. Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?
A. The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell, consists in the guilt of Adam's first sin, the want of original righteousness, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called original sin, together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it.
Q. 1. How many sorts of sin are there which denote the sinfulness of the estate of man by the fall ?
A. There are two sorts of sin, namely, original sin, and actual sin.
Q. 2. Wherein doth original sin consist?
A. Original sin doth consist in three things: 1. In the guilt of Adam's first sin. 2. In the want of original right
3. In the corruption of the whole nature. Q. 3. How are all the children of men guilty of Adam's first sin ?
A. All the children of men are guilty of Adam's first sin by imputation : as the righteousness of Christ, the second Adam, is imputed unto all the spiritual seed, namely, to all believers ; so the sin of the first Adam is imputed to all the natural seed which came forth of his loins. Rom. v. 19, For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners; so by the obedience of one, shall many be made righteous.
Q.4. What is included in the want of original right. eousness?
A. The want of original righteousness doth include, 1. Want of true spiritual knowledge in the mind. 1. Cor. ii. 14, The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 2. Want of inclination and power to good; and want of all spiritual affections in the will and heart. Rom. vii. 18, In me (that is, in my
flesh) dwelleth no good thing; but how to perform that which is good, I find not.
Q. 5. Is the want of original righteousness a sin ?
A. Yes : because it is a want of conformity to the law of God, which requireth original and habitual righteousness, as well as actual.
Q. 6. If God withhold this original righteousness, is not he the author of sio ?
A. No: because, though man be bound to have it, yet God is not bound to restore it when man hath lost it; and it is not a sin, but a punishment of the first sin, as God doth withhold it.
Q. 7. How could the souls of Adam's posterity, not yet created, nor having relation to Adam, be justly deprived of original righteousness?
A. The souls of Adam's posterity never had a being without relation to Adam ; they being created in the in: fusion and conjunction of them to their body, and through their relation to the common head, partake justly of the common punishment.
Q. 8. Wherein doth consist the corruption of the whole nature of man?
A. The corruption of the nature of man doth consist in the universal depravation which is in every part of man since the fall. 1. In the darkness and defilement of the mind. Eph. v. 8, For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord. And, Tit. i. 15, The minds and consciences of the unbelieving are defiled. 2. In the crookedness and enmity of the heart and will against God and his law. Rom. viii, 7, The carnal mind (that is, the carnal heart) is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Asala so in the inclination of the heart unto sin, and the worst of sins, there being the seed of all manner of sins in the heart, as it is corrupted with original sin. Matth. xv. 19, Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 3. In the disorder and distemper of the affections, all of them being naturally set upon wrong objects through this inherent corruption. 4. The members also of the body are infected, being ready weapons and instruments of unrighteousness, Rom. vi. 13.
Q. 9. How is the corruption of nature conveyed then to all the children of men ?
A. l. It is not from God, who is the author of all good, but of no evil; for though he withhold original righteousness, yet he doth not infuse original corruption. 2. It is conveyed by natural generation, in the union and conjunction of soul and body; the soul being destitute or void of original righteousness, is infected with this corruption, as liquor is tainted, which is put into a tainted vessel : but the way of its conveyance is one of the most difficult things in divinity to understand.
Q. 10. Have we reason to deny this original corruption, because we have not reason clearly to understand the way of its conveyance ?
A. No: 1. Because the scripture doth assert, that our natures since the fall are corrupted. Gen. v.
3, Adam (though made after the likeness of God) begat a son at ter his own likeness, (that is, with a corrupt nature.) John iji. 6, That which is born of the flesh is flesh. Psalm li. 5, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Eph. ii. l, You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. 2. Experience doth tell us, that in every one there is a natural antipathy to good, and proneness to evil : therefore, as when a man's house is on fire, it is greater wisdom to endeavour to quench it, than to inquire how it was set on fire ; so it is greater wisdom to endeavour the removal of this natural corruption, than to inquire how it was conveyed.
Q.11. Do not sanctified parents beget children with out natural corruption ?
A. No: because parents that are sactified, are sancti fied but in part, their nature remaining in part corrupted; and they beget children according to their nature, and not according to their grace; as the winnowed corn that is sown, groweth up with husks upon it; or, as the circumcised Jews did beget uncircumcised children in the flesh as well as the heart.
Q. 12. Why is this sin called original sin ?
A. Because we have it from our birth or original; and because all our actual transgressions do proceed from it.
Q. 13. What is actual sin ?
A. Actual sin is any breach of God's law, either of omission or commission ; either in thought, heart, speech, or action. Of which more in the commandments.
Q. 19. What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell?
A. All mankind by their fall, lost communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, and so made liable to all the miseries in this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever.
Q. 1. Wherein doth man's misery by the fall consist?
A. Man's misery by the fall doth consist in three things: 1. In what man hath lost. 2. In what man is brought under. 3. In what man is liable unto.
Q. 2.- What hath man lost by the falỊ ?
Q. 3. Wherein did the communion with God consist; which man by the fall hath lost?
A. The communion with God, which man by the fall hath lost, did consist in the gracious presence and favour, together with the sweet fellowship and enjoyment of God, in the garden of Eden : this man by the fall was deprived of; and all his posterity, while in their fallen estate, are without. Gen. iii. 8, And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. Ver. 23, 24, And the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden; and so drove out the man.