Q. 26. How is original sin conveyed from our first parents unto their posterity?
A. Original sin is conveyed from our first parents unto their posterity by natural generation, so as all that proceed from them in that way are conceived and born in sin.
Today is a long series of post, but I am trying to catch up to our reading. It’s been almost a month now since we began.
It’s a fairly technical but useful answer. How did we get here…
The Bible clearly teaches:
Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
How is this effect of Adam’s first sin on himself paralleled in his descendants? Every human being is born into the world with the guilt of Adam’s first sin reckoned or imputed to him. Therefore, because of the broken covenant of works, every human being comes into existence morally and spiritually dead, because (they are) deprived of the life-giving operations of the Holy Spirit. As for our physical body, the principle of death is at work in it when we are born, so that its return to dust, while by God’s common grace it may be delayed, yet cannot be permanently prevented. What is the effect of our beginning our existence morally and spiritually dead? The effect of our beginning our existence with a depraved and sinful nature (or morally and spiritually dead) is that personal sin and actual transgressions inevitably follow in the course of time.