Theological and Doxological Meditation #16

Extent of the Fall

Q. Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first transgression?

A. The covenant being made with Adam,
not only for himself,
but for his posterity (Genesis 1:28; 2:16-17);
all mankind,
descending from him by ordinary generation,
sinned in him,
and fell with him,
in his first transgression (Romans 5:18).

Fountain of Never-Ceasing Grace
#519, Trinity Hymnal (© 1990)
Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778

Fountain of never-ceasing grace,
your saints’ exhaustless theme,
great object of immortal praise,
essentially supreme,
we bless you for the glorious fruits
your incarnation gives,
the righteousness which grace imputes,
and faith alone receives.

In you we have a righteousness
by God himself approved;
our rock, our sure foundation this,
which never can be moved.
Our ransom by your death was paid,
for all your people giv’n,
the law you perfectly obeyed,
that they might enter heav’n.

As all, when Adam sinned alone,
in his transgression died,
so by the righteousness of One
are sinners justified;
we to your merit, gracious Lord,
with humblest joy submit,
again to paradise restored,
in you alone complete.


4 responses

  1. Hi John – I popped over here from Bob’s blog (Fundamentally Reformed)

    What a surprise to find you live in Hurst! I do too. And I’m not far from Shady Grove Baptist church. (I live off of Glade and Precinct Line Rds)

    Is Shady Grove a refomred Baptist church?

    We go to The Village – in Highland Village (Lewisville). It’s a drive, but well worth it to sit under Matt Chandler. We are home group leaders, as well.

  2. John D. Chitty | Reply

    Shady Grove is not technically a Reformed Baptist Church, however, our pastor has happily been heavily influenced for the good by John MacArthur’s teachings. My pastor and I have much in common in terms of soteriology.

    God has brought my wife and I to this church by his wisdom and providence and we are both finding plenty of opportunities to use the gifts he’s given us for his glory and the good of his people.

    I’m excited to learn I have a Reformed sister so near by! Tell me about your church, the Village. I got a look at your sites a moment ago and am very impressed. You put together some very well-done websites.

  3. Thank you. 🙂 It’s been fun finding new sites and playing around with my template.
    Here is a link to The Village.

    For some additional solid teaching, listen to Matt if you get a chance. 🙂 He most definitely unapologetically preaches the sovereignty of God. Even those difficult texts we’d rather ignore. 😉

    It was during the new members class at this church in fall 2004 that God changed my heart (thus my thinking) and set me on the journey to embrace His sovereignty (reformed theology, doctrines of grace, etc). The booklet that the church put together for this class has practically become my 2nd Bible! I use it for reference a lot. (Heavy on the Piper influence) Ever since, I’ve been studying and reading as much as possible.

    I’m glad to hear that about Shady Grove. It’s good to know. What are you and your wife involved in at church? Do you have kids?

  4. John D. Chitty | Reply

    Just looked at the Village’s doctrinal statement and philosophy of ministry. So your church is associated with C. J. Mahaney’s Sovereign Grace Ministries? I read “The Cross-Centered Life” and it really helped me learn to “preach the gospel to myself” especially at times when I’m not hearing it where I should be. It was definitely a beneficial book.

    My wife, Kathy, and I have five children (a blended, “yours, mine and ours” set up); for the last two years we’ve been teaching 5th-6th grade Sunday School and singing in the choir, but next Sunday is “promotion Sunday” and we will be moving to the 3rd-4th grade class.

    If you read my profile, you’ll notice a new blog I just created to service the needs of the College and Career class which I almost had an opportunity to teach, but the circumstances changed on all of us, so that blog will be going down soon, but it will give you a taste of the flavor of my church if you click the “Llove” links.

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