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the external and internal Actions of Heart and Life to every Command, of God Gal. iii, 10. Cursed is every One that continueth not in all Things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them; and that no Man can do since the Fall, as appears from Gen. vi. 5, and viii. 21. The Imagination of Man's Heart is evil from his Youth.
Q. What do you conclude from this Doctrine ?
A. That this is the true and only Way to Thew the right Path to them who want a saving Comfort, being conformable to the Word of God, and his Order of working, to bring Sinners by his Grace to his Communion.
Q. What use do ye make of this Doctrine ?
A. ift, That we pray to God, Pf.cxxxix. 23,24. Search me, O God, and know my Heart ; try me, and know my Thoughts; and see if there be any wicked Way in me, and lead me in the Way everlasting. ; that we may know what miserable Sinners we are. 2d, How that Justification by our own Works, is utterly imPullible to the most righteous Man, Gal. ii. 16. For iy the Works of the Law, shall no Flesh be justified. The Consideration of which, ought to make Christ desirable in our Eyes, and cause, us to fly to him, who loveth Mercy, and not Sacrifice, and is not come to call the Rigiteous, but Sinners to Repentances Mat. ix. 23.
The Sixth Question of the HEIDELBERG
CAS. God then created Man so wicked and perverse ?
“ A. No. On the Contrary, God created " Man good, and after his own Image ; that is to say, s truly just and holy, that he might have a true
Knowledge of his Creator, to love him with all « his Heart, to live with him, to praise and bless “ him in Happiness eternal.
Q. How do you prove that God created him good?
A. Gen. i. 31. And God saw every Thing that he had made, and behold it was very good. Ecl. vii. 29. This only have I found, that God hath made Man upright.
Q. What doth the Scripture call the Goodness in which God created Man ?
A. The Image of God, Gen. i. 27. So God created Man in his own Image; in the Image of God created he
Male and Female created he them.
Not the Resemblance of God in any bodily Shape or Figure, but in Holiness. Eph. iv. 24. And that ye put on the new Man, which, after God is created in Righteousness, and true Holiness.
. In what Graces did Men resemble God?
A. In such a Knowledge of God himself, and the Creatures, which made him Happy. Col. iii. 10. And have put on the new Man, which is renewed in Knowledge, after the Image of him, that created him.
Q. In what other Graces did this Image confift?
A. In Righteousness as well as Holiness. Eph. iv. 24. Yea, God created Man also, so that he had a Perfection of Knowledge to discern his true Interest; a Perfection of Holiness to capacitate him for Obedience, and a Perfection of Happiness disposing him to Perseverance.
The seventh Question of the HEIDELBERG
Q. AS Man was thus created, from whence doth his
natural Corruption praceed ? " A. From the Fall and Disobedience of our first “ Parents, in the terrestrial Paradise, by which our “ Nature hath been fo corrupted, that we are, all 46 conceived and born in Sin,"
Q. Who were these first Persons or Parents ?
Q. What special Act did God exercise towards Man, in the State wherein he was created}
A. When God had created Man, he entered into a Covenant of Life with him, upon Condition of perfect Obedience, forbidding him to eat of the Tree of Knowledge, of Good and Evil, upon Pain of Death.
Q. Can you prove that there hath been fuch a Coc venant ?
A. Yes. Hos. vi. 7. But they like Adam have transgressed the Covenant. Rom. iii. 27, 28. And this hath Moses also shewn evidently. Gen. ii. tho' sparingly, because his Intention in his writing is, to demonstrate the Grace of God.
Q. What was God's Covenant with Adam before the Fall.
A. It was to give Life and Happiness, upon Con-' dition of perfect personal Obedience. Gal. iii. 12. The Law is not of Faith, but the Man that doth them, fball live in them.
l. Did our first Parents continue in the State wheres in they were created?
A. No. Our first Parents being left to the Freedom of their own Will, fell from the State wherein they were created, by eating the forbidden Fruit, and fo finned against God. Gen. iii. 6, 7.
Q. What Evil was there in eating thereof?
A. There was a twofold Evil, namely, the Evil of Sin, and the Evil of Punishment; both very great Evils.
Q. What was the Evil of Sin?
A. A threefold Evil : ist, Against God, called Dil obedience. Rom. v. 19. As by one Man's Disobedience the many were made Sinners. 2d, Against Himself, Soul, Body, and Eftate. 3d, Againsthis Pofterity. Rom.v. 12. D 2
Q. What was the Evil of Punishment ?
A." ift, Loss of God's Image. 2d, Horror of Conscience. 3d, Sorrow and Trouble on Mankind. 4th, Expulsion from Paradise. 5th, Death both of Body and Soul, and Curfe on the Earth and Creature.
Q. Who made Mån fall fo miserably?
Q. How could such a wife Man fall, being created : Upright?
A. By abusing the Liberty of Free-will.
Q. Hath God caused or taught them to abuse the Liberty of Free-will?
A. No. Not in any wise inclining them thereto ; but by with-holding that efficacious Grace to be Obedient, which God was in no wife obliged to give to them.
Q. Is not this Sinonly upon the account of Adam?
A. No. The Covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his Pofterity, all Mankind descending from him by ordinary Generation, finned in him, and fell with him in his first 'Transgreffion.
Q. How doth it appear that we are all tainted therewith?
A. By Scripture Testimony, Rom. v. 12. As by one Man Sin entered into the World, and Death by Sin; and jo Death posjed upon all Men, for that all have finned, Rom. vii. 12.
Q. How came all Men to fall with Adam?
A. Because all were included in Adam's Covenant, as a Man's Covenant includes his Children before they are born ; and even as the Father's Treason affects his Posterity.
Q. Into what State did the Fail bring Mankind? A. Into a State of Sin and Misery. - Q! Whereiñ doth the Sinfulness of that State confif, whereinto Man fell?
A. It confifts in the Guilt of Adam's first sin, the Want of original Righteousness, and the Corruption
of his whole Nature, which is commonly called Original Sin, together with all actual Transgressions which proceed from it.
. Can you prove that Men are Guilty before God of original and actual Sin ?
A. Yes. P/. li. 5. Behold, I was hapen in Iniquity; and in Sin did my Mother conceive me.
Eccl. vii. 20. There is not a just Man upon Earth, that doeth Good, and linneth not.
Q. How can we be guilty of Adam's Transgression ?
A. We are guilty of it, because Adam finned not as a single or private Person, but as a publick Representative of all Mankind. Rom. v. 15, 16, 17. But not as the Offence, so also is the Free Gift. For if through the Offence of one, the many be dead; much more the Grace of God, and the Gift Ly Grace, which is by one Man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto the many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the Gift; for the Judgment was by one unto Condemnation.
Q. Have we come under this Guilt any other IVay?
1. Yes, by Generation. For we were in his Loins, attainted with his Treason to all future Pofterity, as with the Effects of Parent's Leprosy on the Children, Pf. li. 5.
Q. Wherein doth it confift?
A. In two Things. 1. In our Aversion and Enmityto that, which is Good. Rom. vii. 18. In me, that is, in my Flesh, dwelleth no good Thing. 2. In Proness to that, which is Evil, Rom. vii. 24. But I am Carnal, fold under Sin.
Q. Is this Corruption of Nature in all Mankind ?
A. Yes, in all meer Men, none excepted. Rom. iii. 10, 23. There is none Righteous, no not one ; for all have finned, &c.