A Couple of Thoughts on Genesis Chapter 5:3

Posted: September 10, 2010 in Devotional, doctrine, General Discussion, puritans, Reformers, Scripture, Theology
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Genesis 5:3

When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

Matthew Henry

II. The birth of his son Seth,

 

He was born in the hundred and thirtieth year of Adam’s life; and probably the murder of Abel was not long before. Many other sons and daughters were born to Adam, besides Cain and Abel, before this; but no notice is taken of them, because an honourable mention must be made of his name only in whose loins Christ and the church were. But that which is most observable here concerning Seth is that Adam begat him in his own likeness, after his image. Adam was made in the image of God; but, when he was fallen and corrupt, he begat a son in his own image, sinful and defiled, frail, mortal, and miserable, like himself; not only a man like himself, consisting of body and soul, but a sinner like himself, guilty and obnoxious, degenerate and corrupt. Even the man after God’s own heart owns himself conceived and born in sin, This was Adam’s own likeness, the reverse of that divine likeness in which Adam was made; but, having lost it himself, he could not convey it to his seed. Note, Grace does not run in the blood, but corruption does. A sinner begets a sinner, but a saint does not beget a saint.

John Calvin “We have lately said that Moses traces the offspring of Adam only through the line of Seth, to propose
for our consideration the succession of the Church. In saying that Seth begat a son after his own image, he refers in part to the first origin of
our nature: at the same time its corruption and pollution is to be noticed, which having been contracted by Adam through the fall, has
flowed down to all his posterity. If he had remained upright, he would have transmitted to all his children what he had received: but now we
read that Seth, as well as the rest, was defiled; because Adams who had fallen from his original state, could beget none but such as were like
himself. If any one should object that Seth with his family had been elected by the special grace of God: the answer is easy and obvious;
namely, that a supernatural remedy does not prevent carnal generation from participating in the corruption of sin. Therefore, according to the
flesh, Seth was born a sinner; but afterwards he was renewed by the grace of the Spirit. This sad instance of the holy patriarch furnishes us with
ample occasion to deplore our own wretchedness.


 

 

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