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Thomas Boston’s Works (12 Volume Set) Part 2 of 2

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Welcome to the Still Waters Revival Books video book summary for “The Works of Thomas Boston” – 12 Volume Set by Thomas Boston Part 2 of 2 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 and two 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! “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 3) contains: Sermons, Chiefly on Communion Occasions The Crook in the Lot (one of the best books on God’s sovereignty and how to profit spiritually from suffering, sickness, and trials) “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 4) contains: Sermons on Various Practical Subjects “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 5) contains: The Art of Man-Fishing The Distinguishing Characteristics of True Believers The State and Character of True Believers “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 6) contains: Miscellaneous Questions Miscellaneous Tracts Paraphrase on the Epistle to the Galatians Practical Discourses “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 7) contains: A Brief Explication of the First Part of the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism The Marrow of Modern Divinity (On the Covenants, the Gospel and the Law) Everlasting Espousals The Mystery of Christ in the Form of a Servant The Peculiar Mercy and Business of Life Opened Up and Applied The Evil and Danger of Schism (see Clarkson’s Plain Reasons for a refutation) The Necessity and Foundations of a Throne of Grace for the Behoof of Poor Sinners The Evidences and Causes of the Decay of Religion in the Soul Discovered (and Its Cure) “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 8) contains: Human Nature in Its Fourfold State A View of the Covenant of Grace from the Sacred Records “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 9) contains: Sermons on Various Practical Subjects “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 10) contains: Sermons on Various Practical Subjects Sermons on the Name and Attributes of Christ The Christian Life Delineated in Several Practical Discourses “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 11) contains: Discourses on Prayer A View of the Covenant of Works from the Sacred Records A Memorial Concerning Personal and Family Fasting and Humiliation “The Works of Thomas Boston” (Volume 12) contains: The Author’s Address to His Children Memoirs Please visit Still Waters Revival Books at


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