Chapter 6: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of Punishment thereof
Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptation of Satan, sinned, in eating the
forbidden fruit. This their sin God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having
purposed to order it to His own glory.
By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion, with God, and so became dead in
sin, and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body.
They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed, and the same death in sin and
corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation.
From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all
good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions.
This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; and although it
be, through Christ, pardoned and mortified, yet both itself and all the motions thereof are truly and
Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary
thereunto, doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner; whereby he is bound over to the wrath of
God, and curse of the law, and so made subject to death, with all miseries spiritual, temporal, and