|Question||Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?|
|Answer||Our first parents being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God.1|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Did man fall from that estate in which he was created?
They have sought out many inventions,
Did he fall from a state of knowledge?
His understanding is darkened,
Did he fall from a state of holiness?
He is alienated from the life of God,
And from a state of freedom?
He that committeth sin is the servant of sin,
And from a state of rest?
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked,
And from a state of communion with God?
For Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God,
And from a state of happiness?
So he drove out the man,
And do all mankind imitate the sin of their first parents?
They, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant,
Did God foresee Adam’s sin?
I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously,
But was he the author of it?
For he is a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he,
Is man’s ruin then from himself?
O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself,
Should Adam’s fall teach us to be watchful over ourselves?
Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall,
1 Corinthians 10:12
And to disclaim all confidence in the creature?
For surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie,
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||Did man continue in that estate wherein God at first created him?|
|Answer||Our first parents being left to the freedom of their own will, through the temptation of Satan, transgressed the commandment of God in eating the forbidden fruit; and thereby fell from the estate of innocency wherein they were created.1|