Thomas Goodwin is often referred to as, “The Readable Puritan.” He was one of the seventeenth century’s most prolific writers, who brought an inspiring balance of exhortation and tenderness to his scholarly expositions. He was born in Norfolk, England, in 1600. By 1620 Goodwin had graduated from Cambridge, he had been elected a fellow thereof, and he was licensed as a Cambridge University preacher. Years later, he served as Chaplain to Oliver Cromwell in 1656. Goodwin was a member and commissioner of the Westminster Assembly. He and his colleague, John Owen, often team-preached at Oxford University, and by 1658, together they had completed their work on the amended Westminster Confession. It was his firm conviction and sincere love of Christ that distinguished this influential theologian. Thomas Goodwin’s ministry had a broad impact over the course of his lifetime and it continues today, well into this twenty-first century, through his Christ-exalted writings.
Blue Letter Bible is privileged to present a digital edition of Thomas Goodwin’s Christ Set Forth. This book was originally published in 1642, as an exposition of Romans 8:34.
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34)
Herein Goodwin states,
We owe our standing in grace every moment to his sitting in heaven and interceding every moment. (Section 5 :: Chapter 3)
This quote reflects a small glimpse at Goodwin“s heartfelt understanding of our human depravity and God’s sovereign grace. In what could be considered a classic work, Goodwin exalts the glory of Christ our Redeemer, while encouraging us to fight the battle against personal sin. Through his exposition of Scripture, he clearly asserts the sufficiency and supremacy of Christ, while ascribing the joy that ought to be to all believers. This timeless work is certain to provoke meaningful reflection and true thanksgiving, as the reader joins Goodwin in seeing Christ set forth.
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