by Thomas Boston
Updated to Modern English
Discover the timeless classic that explores the depths of human nature and divine grace. In "Human Nature in Its Fourfold State," Scottish Puritan Thomas Boston takes readers on a profound journey through the four states of human existence: (a) Primitive Integrity, (b) Entire Depravity, (c) Begun Recovery, and (d) Consummate Happiness or Misery.
Drawing from Scripture and building upon the insights of Augustine of Hippo, Boston expertly explores the progression of man's relationship with sin. Each state corresponds to a distinct phase: from the innocence of pre-Fall humanity, through the fallen state of natural man, to the regenerated individual, and ultimately to the glorified state.
Throughout this insightful work, Boston emphasizes the voluntary nature of man's choices, highlighting the pivotal role played by his own will. While the glorified man's inclination is always towards good and the glorification of God, the fallen man's motives are tainted, leading him to perpetually choose evil.
The book is divided into four parts, encompassing various aspects of human existence: (I) The State of Innocence, (II) The State of Nature, (III) The State of Grace, and (IV) The Eternal State. From the sinfulness and corruption of man's natural state to the transformative power of regeneration and mystical union, Boston guides readers through the profound implications of each stage. He concludes with a thought-provoking exploration of death, resurrection, judgment, and the ultimate destinies of the righteous and the wicked.
"Human Nature in Its Fourfold State" is a timeless masterpiece that offers deep insights into the human condition, grace, and the eternal state. Whether you seek a better understanding of human nature or desire to explore the transformative power of divine grace, this book is a must-read for those on a spiritual quest.
Table of Contents
I. THE STATE OF INNOCENCE
1. Of Man's Original Righteousness
2. Flowing from Man's Primitive State
3. The Doctrine of the State of Innocence Applied
II. THE STATE OF NATURE
1. The Sinfulness of Man's Natural State
2. Of the Corruption of the Will
3. The Misery of Man's Natural State
4. Man's Utter Inability to Recover Himself
III. THE STATE OF GRACE
2. Mystical Union
IV. THE ETERNAL STATE
2. Difference Between the Righteous and the Wicked in their Death
4. General Judgment
5. The Kingdom of Heaven