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Adam's transgression.

"They have started the notion, that we are to stand accountable for Adam's sin, and that we are loosers by it. But I think we must be gainers by it.—If we reasoned as we ought, this act of Adam would be a warning to all his offspring, and would certainly be a benefit to us if we acted rightly." p. 183.

What saith the Holy Spirit by the Scripture?

"As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners; so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." Rom. v. 12, 18, 19.

See under Ser. III. Ex. 1.