Q. 13. Did our first Parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
A. Our first Parents being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God.
Q. 2. How could man fail, since he was made upright?
A. Thought he was upright yet his will was mutable; and by abusing that liberty, he fell. Ecclesiastes 7:29. Lo this only have I found that God made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions.
Q. 3. How did God leave him to abuse the freedom of Will?
A. Not by inclining him to abuse it; but by withholding that further grace which he was no way obliged to continue to him.
Q. 4. Did the will of man lost its liberty to good, by the Fall?
A. Yes, it did, and is so wounded, that it cannot without preventing and regenerating grace put forth one spiritual and saving act. Ephesians 2:8-9. For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast; for we are all his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, etc.
Q. 5. What was the aggravation of Adam's sin?
A. It was aggravated in his being a public Innocent Person, so newly placed in a State of Happiness and Liberty.
Q. 6. What is the first Inference from the Fall?
A. That the best Creature left to himself, cannot be long safe; as the Angels, and Adam. Psalm 49:12. Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not, he is like the beasts that perish.
Q. 7. What is the Second Inference?
A. That since man could not be his own keeper, he can be much less his own Saviour. 2 Corinthians 3:5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of our selves; but our sufficiency is of God.
Q. 8. What is the third Inference?
A. That it is impossible for the Covenant of works to justify any one. Romans 3:20. Therefore by the deeds of the awl there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. Romans 8:3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh; God sending his own son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh.
Q. 9. What is the last Inference?
A. What cause have we to bless God for Christ, who recovered us when the Fall left us helpless? Romans 5:6. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.