November 20, 2019

Human Nature in its Fourfold State by Thomas Boston – A Book Review

In May 1708, toward the beginning of his ministry in Ettrick, Thomas Boston began to preach on man’s fourfold state, as he had done before in Simprin. Ever an observer of Providence, Boston noted that “The conduct of Providence in leading to a second attempt on that subject, was the more remarkable, considering what the same Providence had designed it for, unknown to and unlooked for by me, till the event discovered itself years after. And preaching of these sermons of the Fourfold State, through the mercy of God, was not in vain” (Memoirs of Thomas Boston, 227). The eventual […]
July 17, 2019

Raised up With the Selfsame Bodies

The doctrine of our Confession of Faith concerning the resurrection of the dead is, in part, that “all the dead shall be raised up, with the selfsame bodies and none other, although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls forever” (Chap. 32.3). There is much that is profitable to consider simply in the statement that the dead shall be raised up “with the selfsame bodies and none other.” The same body that is fearfully and wonderfully knit together in one’s mother’s womb, preserved through the course of one’s life (with its very hairs numbered by God), […]
June 26, 2019

The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie – A Book Review

The Lord Jesus Christ, the great Physician, has, through the centuries, raised up under himself faithful physicians of souls. One of these was William Guthrie (1620-1669), who left behind but one book, The Christian’s Great Interest as evidence of his skill as a physician of souls. It is said that John Owen on one occasion produced a small gilded copy of Guthrie’s book from his pocket and declared, “that author I take to have been one of the greatest divines that ever wrote. … I have written several folios, but there is more divinity in it than in them all.” […]
April 3, 2019

Despise Not Prophesyings

“Despise not prophesyings,” we are commanded in 1 Thessalonians 5:20. The despising of prophesyings is a serious sin, as illustrated by the brazen actions of Jehoiakim, who cut the scroll of Jeremiah’s prophecies three or four leaves at a time and cast it into the fire. (Jer. 36:23) But is there any danger of committing this sin today, and who is in danger of doing so? As one who believes that the office and gift of revelatory prophecy have ceased since the completion of the canon of Scripture, the present author also believes that the despising of prophesyings is a […]
March 6, 2019

A Martyr’s Catechism

Rev. Hugh M’Kail was martyred at Edinburgh in 1666, at twenty-six years of age. He died during the perilous times that followed the Restoration of Charles II. Despite swearing to uphold the national covenants and the Presbyterian government of the church, Charles imposed his own rule upon the church by way of bishops, ejected faithful ministers, and loosed the cruelties of his dragoons upon the countryside. In November 1666, there was an uprising against the tyranny of Charles II known as the Pentland Rising, and it was for his connection with this movement that Hugh M’Kail was put to death. […]
January 16, 2019

“Did Not Our Heart Burn Within Us?”

“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32) On the third day after the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, on the same day that astonishing reports of his resurrection had come forth, two sad-faced disciples walked away from the scene, talking it all over. Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, being brought again from the dead, left the rest of his flock in order to seek these two sheep by coming and walking alongside […]