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Born in London in 1606, Samuel Bolton became a scholar and member of the Westminster Assembly. He was educated at Manchester School and Christ's College, Cambridge. He ministered successively in three London parishes before becoming Master of Christ s College in 1654, and later served as Vice-Chancellor of the University. He died in October 1654, after a long illness.
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  • Series: Puritan Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (February 1, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851510833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851510835
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Petruzzo on May 16, 2008
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A few days back I finished Samuel Bolton's puritan classic, True Bounds of Christian Freedom. In the world of puritan literature, this one was definitely among the easier to read.

In this work, Bolton's aim was to make clear what it means to have Christian "freedom" and where exactly the law falls into the equation. There is a certain sense of ambiguity throughout the church as to the answer to both of those questions. Some will claim their freedom over all kinds of things they shouldn't, while some who ought to be free to live in move are paralyzed for lack of understanding their true freedom in Christ.

In nine chapters and 224 pages, Bolton endeavors to thoroughly answer each of the following questions:

1. Does our being made free by Christ free us from the law?
2. Does our being made free by Christ deliver us from all punishments or chastisements [from God] for sin?
3. Is it consistent with Christian freedom to be under obligation to perform duties because God has commanded them?
4. My Christ's freedmen come into bondage again through sin?
5. Is it consistent with Christian freedom to perform duties out of respect for the recompense of the reward?
6. Does the freedom of a Christian free him from all obedience to men?

Each chapter, Bolton thoroughly and a biblically makes his case for the answer of each of these questions. Some of the questions appear somewhat elementary, but even still Bolton makes some valuable, encouraging and challenging points.

I enjoyed this book at some times more than at others. There were parts that became overwhelmingly dry, while others seemed rich with metaphor and content that kept my mind turning over different thoughts.
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Something that is lost today or confused, the usage of law and gospel. Bolton does this from a covenantal view which is Paul's very usage in Galatians. I only differ on his understanding of the Mosaic Covenant, but the principle is still correct. I recommend this great writing for anyone trying to understand the laws usage in the Christian life; personally and pastorally.
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Some Christian books sell in the tens of thousands, but are basically fluff. Other Christian books sell very few copies, but are beyond value to those who take the time and effort needed to plumb their depths. This is one of those latter books. Perhaps few in this day and age will read it, and this to their great loss. "The True Bounds" is not an easy book, as you may have gathered. It is tightly argued and comes up with some arguments I have never even considered. Nevertheless, it will bear much fruit to those who think through those arguments. The big idea is that our freedom is not only in the Gospel--that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone--but Christians are freed by God's Law as well. I said, "Freed BY God's Law," not "FROM God's Law." A huge difference. Christ's Gospel is the foundation of true freedom, and His Law is the path to that freedom. I'm reading it again.
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By David R. on February 19, 2014
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Excellent book. Bolton gave a thorough analysis of what role the moral law should play in the Christian's life, and sets a guard against both antinomianism and works-righteousness.

Kindle edition was formatted well, considering the age and price of the book.
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