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"One of the most valuable sets of all time, Boston's Works have been read and re-read ever since their first publication in the 18th century" (Joel Beeke's Reformation Heritage Books email of Aug. 27, 2002).
By common consent Boston takes rank in the highest class of our practical religious writers; and in respect of spiritual usefulness his works have largely followed him. Except the Shorter Catechism and the Pilgrim's Progress, no book, perhaps, has contributed so much to mould the religious character of Scotland as his Fourfold State (F.C. Magazine, VI, p. 256 as cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 479).
Ian Tallach, in the Foreword to The Beauties of Thomas Boston (p. xii) states,
Of the many great divines who have adorned the ecclesiastical and theological scene in Scotland, Thomas Boston must be reckoned as among the greatest. Dr. Andrew Thomson who wrote Thomas Boston: His Life and Times, asserts that 'if Scotland had been searched during the earlier part of the eighteenth century there was not a minister of Christ within its bounds who, alike in personal character and in the discharge of his pastoral functions, approached nearer the apostolic model than did this man of God.'
Dr. James Hamilton writes,
Thomas Boston whose peaceful walk with God is not yet forgotten in Ettrick Forest, and whose writings, originally designed for his own shepherds, are now praised in all the churches, and most prized by those Christians who have farthest grown in grace (cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 477).
McGowan, in the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (p. 38), also notes,
Boston was an orthodox federal Calvinist committed to the theology of the Westminster Confession. His federal theology was neither legalistic nor conditional in its understanding of grace.
On Boston's notes in the Marrow of Modern Divinity, James Henry (author of Theron and Aspasio) comments,
I never read the Marrow, with Mr. Boston's Notes, until this present time (1755) and I find, by not having read it, I have sustained considerable loss. It is a most valuable book; the doctrines it contains are the life of my soul, and the joy of my heart. Might my tongue or my pen be made instrumental to recommend and illustrate, to support and propagate such precious truths, I should bless the day wherein I was born. Mr. Boston's Notes on the Marrow are, in my opinion, some of the most judicious and valuable that ever were penned (cited in Brown's Gospel Truth Accurately Stated and Illustrated, by... James Hog, Thomas Boston, Ebenezer and Ralph Erskine, and Others; Occasioned by the Republication of the Marrow of Modern Divinity, p. 7).
Furthermore, in Brown's Gospel Truth (pages 107-110) we find a very useful sketch of the character and capabilities of Thomas Boston, as drawn by some of his closest friends (the three ministers, Colden, Wilson and Davidson). These pages are an edifying read in themselves; and we will supply you with a few short comments from this section,
Mr. Boston was... of a strong and faithful genius, of a lively imagination, such as affords what is called a ready wit, (which, instead of cultivating, he laid under a severe restraint,) of tender affections, a clear and solid judgment... There were few pieces of learning that he had not some good taste for... He had an admirable talent at drawing a paper, which made a statesman, a very able judge, say, (when Mr. Boston was clerk of the Synod of Merse and Teviotdale,) that he was the best clerk he had ever know in any court, civil or ecclesiatic... as a minister, he had on his spirit a deep and high sense of divine things, was mighty in the Scripture... His knowledge and insight in the mystery of Christ was great, though a humbling sense of the want of it was like to have quite sunk and laid him by, after he began to preach. He had a peculiar talent for going deep into the mysteries of the gospel, and at the same time making them plain, particularly in making intelligible their connection with, and influence upon, gospel-holiness; notable instances of which may be seen in his most valuable treatise, "Of the Covenant of Grace," and in his sermons on Christ in the form of a servant... No wonder his ministrations in holy things were all of them dear and precious to the saints. He was fixed and established upon solid and rational grounds in the Reformation principle, in opposition to Popery, Prelacy, superstition, and persecution... Far from serving the Lord with that which cost him nothing, it was his delight to spend and be spent in the service of the gospel... zeal and knowledge were in him united to a degree rarely to be met with... He was exceedingly cautious and scrupulous of any thing new or unprecedented, until he was thoroughly satisfied of its necessity and grounds... He was a scribe singularly instructed into the kingdom of God, happy in finding out acceptable words -- a burning and shining light.
Davidson further states,
The acquaintance I had with him, and the frequent opportunities I had of hearing him preach, I look upon as one of the greatest privileges I was favoured with in my early days, and which I still reflect on with great pleasure. He was one of the most powerful preachers I ever heard open a mouth... There were few men (if any) in his day, who courted popularity less than he did; nay, he rather shunned it, but, like his shadow, it followed him wherever he went, for his ministrations were savoury and acceptable to all who had a relish for the truth as it is in Jesus, and a love to that holiness of heart and life which the belief of it never fails to influence in the minds of all the children of God (Gospel Truth, p. 110).
In concluding his memoir of Boston in Gospel Truth, Brown notes,
Few writings, if any, are more acceptable and useful. The following epitaph was written by Mr. R. Erskine:
"The great, the grace, judicious Boston's gone,
Who once like Athanasius bold stood firm alone;
Whose golden pen to future times will bear
His fame, till in the clouds his Lord appear."
Regrettably, however profitable most of Boston's writing is to all Christians, we would be remiss not to mention that in some small sections of his works he clearly sides with the backslidden Revolution church (against the Covenanters). Boston's errors on this point are countered by Andrew Clarkson's masterful book Plain Reasons for Presbyterians Dissenting from the Revolution Church of Scotland. Also Their Principles Concerning Civil Government, and the Difference Betwixt the Reformation and Revolution Principles.
Finally, of Boston, David Lachman writes,
He took an active part in the Marrow Controversy, having 'relished [the Marrow] greatly' since first finding a copy in a cottage while engaged in pastoral visitation in Simprin... John (Rabbi) Duncan aptly characterized Boston as a 'commonplace genius'... he infused it (Reformed Orthodoxy) with fresh life and warmth, influencing first his parish and eventually all of Scotland.
His theology can be characterized as what came to be known as 'Marrow theology'. From early in his ministry he emphasized a free offer of the gospel, an assurance focused on Christ and not in the believer himself, and the power of grace in the life of the believer rather than the threatenings of the law. These and the like emphases are evident throughout his works. His first published book originated in a course of sermons preached in Simprin and again in Ettrick. After a series of mishaps, Human Nature in its Fourfold State (E, 1720) was published anonymously. His most influential work, it has been reprinted perhaps 100 times and translated into a variety of languages. The Bible aside, it had an influence second to none in the religious life of Scotland for well over 100 years.
A fine linguist, Boston taught himself Hebrew... His Memoirs is a classic (less his confusion about the Covenanters--RB); primarily a spiritual autobiography, it recounts his life with an endearing candour... The Complete Works (12 vols, A, 1848-52 is the definitive edition (Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, pp. 88-89).
Commentary on the (Westminster) Shorter Catechism (volume one and two), by Thomas Boston, is also volume one in Boston's 12 volume set of Works.
Boston's work is the most comprehensive reference set ever penned on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, A.F. Mitchell states, "...it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms (The Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards)."
The Westminster Shorter Catechism is the "king of the catechisms" for shear power of expression, combining logical cogency with succinctness. Thomas Boston's two volume exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is unrivalled; there is nothing else like it.
Here you have the cream of Puritan catechisms married to the cream of clear Puritan exposition! This is likely Thomas Boston's most important work. A set that will meet numerous needs, ranging from use in family worship, Christian education and personal study, to sermon preparation -- and for help in settling debated questions on the Presbytery floor.
A one-of-a-kind set of books that will serve your family for generations to come!
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