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The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 01 of 12 [Paperback]

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: BOOK III. Tin corruption of man'i whole nature, and of all the faculties of his soul by sin; and first of tlie depravation of the understanding, which is full of darkness and blinded, so that it cannot apprehend spirituat things in a due spiritual manner. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly : and I pray God your whole spirit and said and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesui Christ.1 Thes. V. 28. CHAPTER I. ??? wards of the text explained.That all the faculties of tlie soul, even the mind, are wliolly corrupted, proved from the expressions concerning it in Scripture, and from the equal extent both of sin and grace. These words have no coherence or dependence with the foregoing, for the conclusion of the epistle doth begin with them. They are a prayer for the working and perfecting that sanctification in them unto which he had exhorted, and which God had begun to work. Concerning which you have these things. 1. The author of this sanctification, God, to whom Paul prays to work and perfect it. And in prayer believers use to suit their invocation to God, according to the nature of the blessing they seek for. James i. 5, ' If auy of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,' ver. 17, ' the Father of lights.' So if we pray for mercy and comfort, then we are to call upon God, as the Father of mercies and God of all consolation, as Paul doth, 2 Cor. i. 8, ' Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.' Yet still we are to use such expressions, both as motives to move God out of his fulness to bestow what we ask, and as a strengthening to our own faith. And accordingly here in the text, when Panl asks sanctification at God's hands, he looks up to him as ' the God of peace.' Sin...

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Studio: Sovereign Grace Publishers
Pages   628
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.62" Height: 1.56"
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Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 12, 2001
Publisher   Sovereign Grace Publishers
ISBN  1589601300  
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Thomas Goodwin Thomas Goodwin (Rollesby, Norfolk, 5 October 1600 – 23 February 1680), known as 'the Elder', was an English Puritan theologian and preacher, and an important leader of religious Independents. He served as chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, and was imposed by Parliament as President of Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1650. Christopher Hill places Goodwin in the ‘main stream of Puritan thought’.

Early life

He studied at Cambridge from August 1613. He was an undergraduate of Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in 1616. In 1619 he removed to Catharine Hall, where in 1620 he was elected fellow. At this time he was influenced by John Rogers of Dedham. Goodwin rode 35 miles from Cambridge to Dedham to hear this Puritan preacher. In 1625 he was licensed a preacher of the university; and three years afterwards he became lecturer of Trinity Church, successor to John Preston, to the vicarage of which he was presented by the king in 1632.


Worried by his bishop, who was a zealous adherent of William Laud, he resigned all his preferments and left the university in 1634; he became a Congregationalist. He lived for some time in London, where 1638 he married the daughter of an alderman. In 1639 he fled to Holland to escape persecution. For some time was pastor of a small congregation of English merchants and refugees at Arnheim. He returned shortly after the inception of the Long Parliament. He ministered for some years to the Independent congregation meeting at Paved Alley Church, Lime Street, in the parish of St Dunstans-in-the-East, and rapidly rose to considerable eminence as a preacher.

Puritan leader

In 1643 he was chosen a member of the Westminster Assembly, and at once identified himself with the Independent party, generally referred to in contemporary documents as the "dissenting brethren" and was one of the authors of An Apologetical Narration. He frequently preached by appointment before the Commons, and in January 1650 his talents and learning were rewarded by the House with the presidency of Magdalen College, Oxford, a post which he held until the Restoration of 1660. He was chaplain to Oliver Cromwell from 1656. He rose into high favour with the Protector, and was one of his intimate advisers, attending him on his death-bed.

He was also a commissioner for the inventory of the Westminster Assembly, 1650, and for the approbation of preachers, 1653, and together with John Owen drew up an amended Westminster Confession in 1658.

From 1660 until his death, he lived in London, and devoted himself exclusively to theological study and to the pastoral charge of the Fetter Lane Independent Church.


The works published by Goodwin during his lifetime consist chiefly of sermons printed by order of the House of Commons. He was also associated with Philip Nye and others in the preparation of the Apologeticall Narration (1643).

Five volumes of his sermons and other works were published from 1682 to 1704. They have been reprinted at least 47 times. His collected writings, which include expositions of the Epistle to the Ephesians and of the Apocalypse, were published in five folio volumes between 1681 and 1704, and were reprinted in twelve 8vo volumes (Edin., 1861–1866).

They are characterized by abundant yet one-sided reading, depth with narrowness of their observation and spiritual experience, they are thorough but prolix. They fairly exemplify both the merits and the defects of the special school of religious thought to which they belong. Edmund Calamy the Elder's estimate of Goodwin's qualities may be quoted as both friendly and just. He was a considerable scholar and an eminent divine, and had a very happy faculty in descanting upon Scripture so as to bring forth surprising remarks, which yet generally tended to illustration.

A memoir, derived from his own papers, by his son (Thomas Goodwin the younger, 1650-1716, Independent, minister at London and Pinner, and author of the History of the Reign of Henry V) is prefixed to the fifth volume of his collected works; as a patriarch and Atlas of Independency he is also noticed by Anthony Wood in the Athenae Oxonienses.

An amusing sketch, from Joseph Addison's point of view, of the austere and somewhat fanatical president of Magdalen, is preserved in No. 494 of The Spectator.

Thomas Goodwin was born in 1600 and died in 1679.

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Pure Gold  Aug 6, 2006
I was amazed when I first read Goodwin. Andrew Whyte had raved about how he could't put him down and I found the same thing. I had at first picked up his works primarily to study his view of experiential Christianity, after reading some of Joel Beeke's quotes from him and other famous Reformers and Puritans in Beeke's "The Quest for Full Assurance" also a highly recommended work, though a bit academic.

But what I found with Goodwin was an expositor of the Word with such depth and breadth of knowledge that it was simply captivating to read his expostions on nearly any verse or subject he addressed. He always gives his reasons, in detail, for his opinons, carefully explaining, from the scriptures, why they mean what they do, logically, and gramatically. He uses the terms "scope" and "coherence" with respect to the expostion of a verse to carefully show how a verse's meaning is derived from the immediate and the total context of the scriptures, drawing from the entire text of scripture, so that I found myself not just studying Ephesians, for example, but the whole Bible, while Ephesians was being expounded. Goodwin gets to the bottom of things and explains the "whys" and of course gives the applications and practical implications as well, as all the Puritans did, believing that Scripture is first, last and always, meant for practical applicaitoin to the life.

But above all, Goodwin is a lover of God, purely, simply and really. Thomas Goodwin, though of an intellect of the highest order, and with that intellect fully developed and trained as few have been in the history of the Church, and recognized in his day, and since, as one of the "Twin Pillars" of the English Reformation along with Owen, never the less, wrote with a style designed to be understood and comprehended by all, because he wanted others to experience the pure joy of knowing and loving God personally, and intimately, as He did.

As such, Goodwin is preminently a spiritual person and expositor, fully recognizing that "God is Spirit" and that those that worship Him must worship Him, "in Spirit and Truth", not truth without Spirit or Spirit without Truth, but both together, because such is the way of God. Many today, as in Goodwin's day, emphasize a cold dead truth, an orthodoxy of a sort, but without the warmth and love and spiritual emphasis of the scriptures. Not Goodwin, he was unappolgetically spiritual, because the Scriptures are.

Like Bunyan, Edwards, Payson, M'Cheyne, Brooks and other erudite and spiritual men who knew the reality of spiritual fellowship and communion with God, he writes of this spiritual knowledge with intellectual power and feeling warmth, borne of a familiarity available to all who will "seek Him with the whole heart". Thus, Goodwin writes with clarity and power, to the end that his readers may "know Him, whom to know is life eternal".

Highly recommended to all who desire to "fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ".

Great book  Oct 15, 2003
I've been so blessed by the Puritan writers, especially Goodwin, he's very easy to read, which I sometimes have a problem reaing older writers from 1600 through 1800's. I didn't with Goodwin. My first read of him was his Ephesians commentary, really awesome!
Be blessed by these giants of the faith!

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