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· FUTURE STATE.
SE V E R A L
By MR. THOMAS BOSTON,
A New EDITION,
John ii. 24, 25. But Jefus did not commit himself into them,
because he knew all Men. And needed not that any should
testify of Man: For he knew what was in Man.
Heart of Man to Man.
HUMAN NATURE in its FOURFOLD STATE,
was the first production of 'my venerable Ancestor, introduced to the Public. It made its first appearance in the year 1720. Since that period, it has undergone at an average, One complete Edicion every two years. Twenty thousand Copies
. of it have been exported to America, from one single City in Scotland, besides those that have been sent to the Continent from England and Ireland. The rapid sale of the Book upon its first Publication, is a demonstrative proof of the esteem in which it was then held: and the uninterrupted demand for it still, shows that the Principles it inculcates, are yet held in repute. All that I need further to add, is, That the present Edition is printed from that one Revised and Corrected by the Author himfelf, and may therefore be esteemed correct.
FALKIRK Decr. 1784.
T is a maxia among wise men, That the knowledge of persons is
things : and it is most certain, that he who knows the various tempers, humours, and dispositions of men, who can find out their turn of thought, and penetrate into the secret springs and principles of their actings, will not be at a loss to find out proper means for compassing his aims, will easily preserve himself from snares, and either evite or overcome difficulties. But the knowledge of human nature, morally considered, or, in other words, of the temper and dispolition of the soul in its moral powers, is of much greater value ; as it is of use in the concerns of an unchangeable life and world: he who is possessed of so valuable a branch of knowledge, is thereby capacitated to judge aright of himself, to understand true Christianity, and to conceive justly of perfect happiness, and consummate misery.
The depravity of human nature is so plainly taught, yea inculcated in sacred Scripture, and is so obvious to every thinking man's obfervation, who fearches his own breast, and reflects duly on his temper and actings, that it is surprizingly strange and wonderful, how it coines to pass, that this important truth is fo little understood, yea so much disbelieved, by nien who bear the name of gospel Ministers. Are there not persons to be found in a neighbouring nation, in the character of preachers, appearing daily in pulpits, who are so unacquanted with their Bibles and themselves, that they ridicule the doctrine of original sin as unintelligible jargon? If they are perfons of a moral life and conversation, they seem to imagine, they cantiot become better than they are; if they are immoral, they seem to indulge a concest, that they can become virtuous, yea religious, when they please. The le are the men who talk of the dignity of human nature, of greatness of mind, nobleness of foul, and generosity of spirit: as if they intended to persuade themselves and others, that pride is a good principle, and do not know, that pride and selfishness are the bane of mankind, productive of all the wickedness, and much of the misery to be found in this and in the other world; and is indeed that, wherein the depravity of human nature properly consists.
Upright Adam's nature faintly adumbrated the divine, in a moderate self-esteem, in án adequate self-love, and delightful reflexion on his own borrowed excellency, regulated by a just esteem of, and supreme love to his adored Creator : whence a peaceful serenity of mind, a, loving, compalsionate and benevolent disposition of soul, a depth of thought, and brightness of imagination, delightfully employed in the rapturous contemplation of his beloved Maker's infinite perfections; thus bearing the divine image, and resembling God that made him, But no sooner did he disobey the divine probatory command, than