ORIGINAL  SIN

"We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners."




RELATED ARTICLES:

  Misuse of Ezekiel 18,
especially Ezekiel 18:20
Discussion on "No Sin Nature?"
Part 1    Part 2    Part 3
  The Doctrine of Original Sin
by Jonathan Edwards
Original Sin
by Curt Daniel  (audio)
  The Doctrine of Original Sin
by Jonathan Edwards  (audio)
Free Will - A Slave
by Charles Spurgeon
  Grace Anatomy: Justification
by Ken Rutherford  (audio)
 





WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH

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




6:1   Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptation of Satan, sinned in eating the forbidden fruit (Gen_3:13; 2Co_11:3). This their sin God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory (Rom_11:32).

Genesis 3:13   And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
2 Corinthians 11:3   But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Romans 11:32   For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.




6:2   By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion with God (Gen_3:6-8; Ecc_7:29; Rom_3:23), and so became dead in sin (Gen_2:17; Eph_2:1), and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body (Gen_6:5; Jer_17:9; Rom_3:10-19; Tit_1:15).

Genesis 3:6-8   So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (7) Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (8) And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Ecclesiastes 7:29   Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes."
Romans 3:23   for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Genesis 2:17    "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."
Ephesians 2:1   And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

Genesis 6:5   Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Jeremiah 17:9   "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Romans 3:10-19   As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; (11) There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. (12) They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one." (13) "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips"; (14) "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness." (15) "Their feet are swift to shed blood; (16) Destruction and misery are in their ways; (17) And the way of peace they have not known." (18) "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (19) Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Titus 1:15   To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.




6:3   They being the root of all mankind (Gen_1:27, Gen_1:28; Gen_2:16, Gen_2:17; Act_17:26; Rom_5:12, Rom_5:15-19; 1Co_15:21, 1Co_15:22, 1Co_15:45, 1Co_15:49), 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 (Gen_5:3; Job_14:4; Job_15:14; Psa_51:5).

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. (28) Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Genesis 2:16-17   And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; (17) "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 has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
Romans 5:12   Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned;
Romans 5:15-19   But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. (16) And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. (17) For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) (18) Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. (19) For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22   For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:45   And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:49   And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

Genesis 5:3   And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
{Seth was begotten in Adam's post-fall, sin-tainted image} {Born with a sin nature}
Job 14:4   Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
Job 15:14   "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?
Psalms 51:5   Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.




6:4   From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good (Rom_5:6; Rom_7:18; Rom_8:7; Col_1:21), and wholly inclined to all evil (Gen_6:5; Gen_8:21; Rom_3:10-12), do proceed all actual transgressions (Mat_15:19; Eph_2:2, Eph_2:3; Jam_1:14, Jam_1:15).

Romans 5:6   For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 7:18   For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
Romans 8:7   Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Colossians 1:21   And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

Genesis 6:5   Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 8:21   And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
Romans 3:10-12   As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; (11) There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. (12) They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one."

Matthew 15:19    "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Ephesians 2:2-3   in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, (3) among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
James 1:14-15   But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (15) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.




6:5   This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated (Pro_20:9; Ecc_7:20; Rom_7:14, Rom_7:17, Rom_7:18, Rom_7:23; Jam_3:2; 1Jo_1:8, 1Jo_1:10); and although it be, through Christ, pardoned and mortified, yet both itself and all the motions thereof are truly and properly sin (Rom_7:5, Rom_7:7, Rom_7:8, Rom_7:25; Gal_5:17).

Proverbs 20:9   Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin"?
Ecclesiastes 7:20   For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
Romans 7:14   For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Romans 7:17-18   But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. (18) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
Romans 7:23   But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
James 3:2   For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
1 John 1:8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Romans 7:5   For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
Romans 7:7-8   What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet." (8) But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.
Romans 7:25   I thank God; through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Galatians 5:17   For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.




6:6   Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto (1Jo_3:4), doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner (Rom_2:15; Rom_3:9, Rom_3:19); whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God (Eph_2:3), and curse of the law (Gal_3:10), and so made subject to death (Rom_6:23), with all miseries spiritual (Eph_4:18), temporal (Lam_3:39; Rom_8:20), and eternal (Mat_25:41; 2Th_1:9).

1 John 3:4   Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

Romans 2:15   who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)
Romans 3:9    What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
Romans 3:19   Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Ephesians 2:3   among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

Galatians 3:10   For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."

Galatians 3:23   But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

Ephesians 4:18   having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

Lamentations 3:39   Why should a living man complain, A man for the punishment of his sins?
Romans 8:20   For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

Matthew 25:41   "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
2 Thessalonians 1:9   These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,