Human Nature in Its Fourfold State

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In his famous book, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, the Scottish Puritan, Thomas Boston (1676-1732) tells us that the four states of human nature are (1) The State of Innocence, (2) The State of Nature, (3) The State of Grace, and (4) The Eternal State. Boston's discourse offers a fascinating view of human nature. In his word, "In the way of the gospel, the sinner must stand before the Lord in an imputed righteousness--but corrupt nature is for an inherent righteousness; and, therefore, so far as natural men ...
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In his famous book, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, the Scottish Puritan, Thomas Boston (1676-1732) tells us that the four states of human nature are (1) The State of Innocence, (2) The State of Nature, (3) The State of Grace, and (4) The Eternal State. Boston's discourse offers a fascinating view of human nature. In his word, "In the way of the gospel, the sinner must stand before the Lord in an imputed righteousness--but corrupt nature is for an inherent righteousness; and, therefore, so far as natural men follow after righteousness, they follow after 'the law of righteousness,' Romans 9:31, 32; and not after 'the Lord our righteousness.'" "The infinity of God makes infinite wrath the just demerit of sin. God is infinitely displeased with sin; and when he acts, he must act like himself, and show his displeasure by proportionable means." These two quotes alone should encourage the reader to devour what follows in the book: those sections on the state of grace and the eternal state.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781479240050
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/2/2012
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,162,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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Thomas Boston - (1677-1732), Scottish church leader Boston was born at Duns. His father, John Boston, and his mother, Alison Trotter, were both Covenanters. He was educated at Edinburgh, and licensed in 1697 by the presbytery of Chirnside. In 1699 he became minister of the small parish of Simprin, where there were only 90 examinable persons. In 1704 he found, while visiting a member of his flock, a book brought into Scotland by a commonwealth soldier. This was the famous Marrow of Modern Divinity, by Edward Fisher, a compendium of the opinions of leading Reformation divines on the doctrine of grace and the offer of the Gospel, which set off the Marrow Controversy. Its object was to demonstrate the unconditional freeness of the Gospel. It cleared away such conditions as repentance, or some degree of outward or inward reformation, and argued that where Christ is heartily received, full repentance and a new life follow. On Boston's recommendation, James Hog of Carnock reprinted The Marrow in 1718; and Boston also published an edition with notes of his own. The book, being attacked from the standpoint of high Calvinism, became the standard of a far-reaching movement in Scottish Presbyterians. The Marrow men were marked by the zeal of their service and the effect of their preaching. As they remained Calvinists they could not preach a universal atonement; rather they were particular redemptionists. In 1707 Boston was transferred to Ettrick, Scotland. He distinguished himself by being the only member of the assembly who entered a protest against what he deemed the inadequate sentence passed on John Simson, professor of divinity at Glasgow, who was accused of heterodox teaching on the Incarnation. Boston, if unduly introspective, was a man of singular piety and amiability. His autobiography is an interesting record of Scottish life, full of sincerity and tenderness, and not devoid of humorous touches, intentional and otherwise. His books, The Fourfold State, The Crook in the Lot, and his Body of Divinityand Miscellanies, had a powerful influence over the Scottish peasantry. His Memoirswere published in 1776. An edition of his works in 12 volumes appeared in 1849.
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