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

6. Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto,1 doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner,2 whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God,3 and curse of the law,4 and so made subject to death,5 with all miseries spiritual,6 temporal,7 and eternal.8

  1. 1 John 3:4

    Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (ESV)

  2. Romans 2:15

    They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them

    Romans 3:9

    What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin,

    Romans 3:19

    Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. (ESV)

  3. Ephesians 2:3

    among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (ESV)

  4. Galatians 3:10

    For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” (ESV)

  5. Romans 6:23

    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

  6. Ephesians 4:18

    They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. (ESV)

  7. Romans 8:20

    For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope

    Lamentations 3:39

    Why should a living man complain,
    a man, about the punishment of his sins? (ESV)

  8. Matthew 25:41

    “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

    2 Thessalonians 1:9

    They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, (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.