VI. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof

1. Although God created Man upright, and perfect, and gave him a righteous law, which had been unto life had he kept it, aand threat­ened death upon the breach thereof; yet he did not long abide in this honor; bSatan using the subtlety of the serpent to seduce Eve, then by her seducing Adam, who without any compulsion, did willfully transgress the Law of their Creation, and the command given unto them, in eating the forbidden fruit; which God was pleased according to his wise and holy Counsel to permit, having purposed to order it, to his own glory.

aGen. 2:16–17 bGen. 3:12–13; 2 Cor. 11:3

2. Our first Parents by this Sin, fell from their aoriginal righteousness and communion with God, and we in them, whereby death came upon all; ball becoming dead in Sin, and wholly defiled, cin all the faculties, and parts, of soul, and body.

aRom. 3:23 bRom. 5:12–17 cTitus 1:15; Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10–19

3. They being the aroot, and by God’s appointment, standing in the room, and stead of all mankind; the guilt of the Sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation, being now bconceived in Sin, and by nature children cof wrath, the servants of Sin, the subjects dof death and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus eset them free.

aRom. 5:12–19; 1 Cor. 15:21–22, 45, 49 bPs. 51:5; Job 14:4 cEph. 2:3 dRom. 6:23; Rom. 5:12 eHeb. 2:14–15; 1 Thess. 1:10

4. From this original corruption, whereby we are autterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do bproceed all actual transgressions.

aRom. 8:7; Col. 1:21 bJames 1:14–15; Matt. 15:19

5. The corruption of nature, during this Life, doth aremain in those that are regenerated: and although it be through Christ pardoned, and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly bSin.

aRom. 7:18, 23; Eccles. 7:20; 1 John 1:8 bRom. 7:23–25; Gal. 5:17