The Soul’s Preparation for Christ
Must the heart be broken for sin before it is prepared for the entrance of Jesus Christ? Does God use means to convict the sinner of his sins and break his heart over those sins? In this classic work, which went through six printings in the first eight years after its release in 1632, Thomas Hooker details the process by which God breaks the heart of a sinner, to prepare for giving life to him. The doctrines set forth in this book show clearly how modern evangelism has grievously erred in simply asking men to “admit they are sinners” before accepting Jesus Christ. A lot more is involved than just making the admission!
“Preparation is not legalism. Puritan teaching on preparation for conversion has been misrepresented as a legalistic requirement; the sinner must undergo so much self-abasement and bewailing of sins before being permitted to believe on the Lord Jesus. Puritans did make much of the preparatory “law work” of conviction, compunction, and humiliation for sin. But that was simply because through this work God frees us from our natural love of sinning to embrace Christ. For Puritans, preparation deals not with the terms of the gospel, but with the method of grace in the human heart.” — J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regents College, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) and author of numerous books, including Knowing God.
The Soul’s Preparation for Christ is Volume 1 in The Works of Thomas Hooker series.
Other volumes by Hooker include:
- The Soul’s Preparation for Christ, Book 1
- The Christian’s Two Chief Lessons, Book 2
- The Soul’s Humiliation, Book 3
- The Application of Redemption, Book 4
- The Soul’s Implantation, Book 5
About the Author
Thomas Hooker (1586 – 1647) had a prominent ministry on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in England, he died in Connecticut, after becoming a prominent British-American colonial clergyman. Some have called Hooker “the father of Connecticut.
At the Church of St. Mary (Chelmsford, Essex) he was a Puritan who delivered passionate expositions of Scriptures, calls to conversion and a godly life. The Church of England put him on trial in 1629, after which he fled to Holland then to America, where he became a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. After sitting for a time under the ministry of John Cotton, he was called into the ministry of a church in Hartford, Connecticut, where he served until the end of his life.