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Confession of Faith
Chapter 6: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof

3. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed;1 and the same death in sin, and corrupted nature, conveyed to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation.2

  1. Genesis 1:27-28

    So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

    And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    Genesis 2:16-17

    And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

    Acts 17:26

    And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,

    Romans 5:12

    Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

    Romans 5:15-19

    But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

    Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

    1 Corinthians 15:21-22

    For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

    1 Corinthians 15:45

    Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

    1 Corinthians 15:49

    Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (ESV)

  2. Psalm 51:5

    Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    Genesis 5:3

    When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

    Job 14:4

    Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
    There is not one.

    Job 15:14

    What is man, that he can be pure?
    Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous? (ESV)


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Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.