Saturday, February 11, 2012
Westminster Shorter Catechism (QA's 13,14, 15)
A Summary of the Christian Faith
Over the last weeks we have been laying a sound foundation of what we believe as Christians. This week, we zoom in to a few particulars about man and his becoming a sinner. After God made all things and created man in His image, he declared what he made “very good.” This means that they possessed “true righteousness and holiness” (see Ephesians 4:24 for restored image of God).
The question answered today is what happened to man and the creation? What disfigured the perfect creation of God? The short answer is sin. Man was created without sin. He had the ability not to sin, but he chose to exalt his own will over God’s. As promised this rebellion brought sin and death upon themselves, and as we see later, upon their offspring. Unless God would rescue, there would be no hope.
Westminster Shorter Catechism
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. 14. What is sin?
A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.
Q. 15. What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?A. The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created was their eating the forbidden fruit.