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 ...
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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New. This is THE classic on human nature. It was immediately acclaimed as such, and went through several printings during the author s lifetime. The book deals with the four states of human existence: The State of Innocence; the State of Nature; the State of Grace; and, the Eternal State. The State of Innocence is, of course, only in the case of Adam, in whom all mankind enjoyed a state of innocence. [''God made man upright, -Eccl. 7: 29) in His own image, and glorious were those two in the garden of Eden. The State of Nature came after the man [''sought out many inventions, ''-Eccles. 7: 29] the first being the venture into what it would be like when one had disobeyed God. Then immediately that pure soul and body became corrupt. Sin entered the world, and death by sin. Adam, and all fathers since, were to pass on his own image to his posterity, with sin and corruption infecting them all. Thereafter all would be [''shapen in iniquity, ''] (Ps. 51: 5), conceived in sin. Man became totally depraved, dead in sins and trespasses, short of grace, not one of all Adam s posterity seeking to God (Rom. 3: 10-18). But praise be to Almighty God, there is for many a State of Grace. All who are to attain to this State must be born again, must be regenerated and made spiritually alive, for only then can all things be made new in such a new creature (1 Cor. 5: 17). This supernatural change restores the image of God (Eph. 4: 24; 2 Cor. 3: 18). A mystical union between Christ and the believer is forged, for such a one is grafted into and united with the Lord Jesus Christ. Being thus anointed, the believer is adopted into God s family and becomes a child of God. The Eternal State is the next state after death. The life of man is a stream, running into death s devouring deeps. ' And that life is vain, and short, and swift. Then it is that some enter into everlasting condemnation, and some into everlasting life. For the former there is no hope or joy ever. For the latter there is...
Good. TITLE: HUMAN NATURE IN ITS FOURFOLD STATEAUTHOR: BOSTON, THOMASBINDING: Hardback with Dust JacketPUBLICATION DATE: NAPAGES: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: DESCRIPTION: Used book in good or better condition.
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