Researched and prepared by Ruth Magnusson Davis
This post – a short but foundational one about Adam – belongs to the series “Principal Matters from the 1537 Matthew Bible.” The purpose of the series is:
(1) To get to know the Table of Principal Matters in the Matthew Bible.
(2) To learn through bible studies from the Reformation.
“As the bees diligently do gather together sweet flowers, to make by natural craft the sweet honey, so have I done with the principal topics contained in the bible.”
So began John Rogers’ introduction to the Table of Principal Matters in the 1537 Matthew Bible. The Table was a concordance at the front of the book. It set out bible topics in alphabetical order. Under each topic were statements of doctrine and bible verses for further study.
This series proceeds topic by topic following the order of the Table. It also sets out the bible verses in full, taken from the Matthew Bible, with minimal updating of the English so it is understandable for today.
(1) We are all sinners in Adam, from whom we have the inclination to do evil.
Romans 5:17, 18, 19 …by the sin of one, death reigned by the means of one … by the sin of one, condemnation came on all men … by one man’s disobedience, many became sinners.
(2) And by him we are subject to death.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 … by a man came death … through Adam all die.
(3) Adam was a figure of Christ to come, who is called the last Adam.
Romans 5:14 Death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those also who did not sin with such transgression as did Adam, who is the similitude of him who is to come.
[See also 1 Corinthians 15:45 There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body; as it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul, and the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit.]
– New Testament Scriptures are from the October Testament, the New Testament of the New Matthew Bible.
– Information about the New Matthew Bible Project is here.
– Sample scriptures from the New Matthew Bible are here.
– To find former topics, on the main blog page search under “Principal Matters Series” for the subcategory with the appropriate letter. For example, for “Abuses,” look under Principal Matters Series/ Principal Matters A/Abuses. (Also, a few topics are linked at the end.)