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.
In meditating upon the fall of our first parents, Thomas Boston exhorts the believer to consider his own weakness:
“If our nature was so weak when at the best, then how miserably weak is it now when it is at its worst? If Adam did not stand when he was perfectly holy and righteous, how unable are we to stand when sin has entirely disabled us? If purified nature could not resist the temptation, but was quite overturned at the first blast, how shall corrupt nature stand when besieged and stormed with a long succession of strong and violent assaults? If Adam in a few hours sinned himself out of paradise, O how quickly would those who are regenerated sin themselves into hell, if they were not preserved by a greater power than their own; nay ‘kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation?’”
The Works of Thomas BostonVol. I., p. 254