Westminster Shorter Catechism – Question 16

What man is to believe concerning God

Question: Did all mankind fall in Adam’ s first transgression?

Answer: The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity; all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him, in his first transgression. (Gen. 2:16–17Rom. 5:121 Cor. 15:21–22)

Scripture Support

Gen. 2:16 And Yahweh God acommanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may surely eat;

Gen. 2:17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat from it; for in the day that you eat from it ayou will surely die.”

Rom. 5:12 ¶ Therefore, just as through aone man sin entered into the world, and bdeath through sin, and cso death spread to all men, because all sinned—

1Cor. 15:21 For since aby a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.

1Cor. 15:22 For aas in Adam all die, so also in 1Christ all will be made alive.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture support comes from the Legacy Standard Bible in Accordance.

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