In consequence of His supernatural birth the Saviour, or the second Adam, was free from original sin.
In the theological phrase original sin it means the inherited tendency to do wrong.
He held a prominent place in the New School branch of the Presbyterians, to which he adhered on the division of the denomination in 1837; he had been tried (but not convicted) for heresy in 1836, the charge being particularly against the views expressed by him in Notes on Romans (1835) of the imputation of the sin of Adam, original sin and the atonement; the bitterness stirred up by this trial contributed towards widening the breach between the conservative and the progressive elements in the church.
Truly, a worthy development of the seed-thoughts of the original narrator, and (must we not add ?) entirely opposed to any doctrine of Original Sin.
On the belief in the Fall, see Tennant, The Sources of the Doctrine of the Fall and Original Sin (1903).