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Westminster Larger Catechism on The Fall of Man

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by Jason Smathers on August 29, 2010

Westminster Larger Catechism, questions 21-23

  1. Did man continue in that estate wherein God at first created him?

    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.39

    39Gen. 3:6–8, 13; Eccl. 7:29; 2Cor. 11:3

  2. Did all mankind fall in that first transgression?

    The covenant being made with Adam as a public person, not for himself only, but for his posterity, all mankind descending from him by ordinary generation,40 sinned in him, and fell with him in that first transgression.41

    40Acts 17:26 41Gen. 2:16–17; Rom. 5:12–20; 1Cor. 15:21–22

  3. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?

    The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery.42

    42Rom. 5:12; 3:23

The Westminster Larger Catechism, (Lake Monroe, FL: Doxa Digital Press, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Westminster Larger Catechism”.

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