Contemplating the riches of our Savior is something the English Puritans did well. Two books from the pen of Thomas Goodwin, “the Elder”, aim to present Christ to the reader in all His splendor. Christ Set Forth is an extended meditation on Romans 8:34, while The Heart of Christ in Heaven Towards Sinners on Earth is a treatise on Hebrews 4:15. These two rightfully classic books give us an opportunity to learn about Christ, His work and His death. In them, Goodwin presents to us the Lord Jesus Christ, the Example and the Object of justifying faith, and our Loving Intercessor.
Together in this handsome Christian Heritage volume, these books are attractively laid out with helpful headings and sub-dividers to assist reading the unabridged text of this Puritan classic. The foreword is written by J.I. Packer and a helpful introduction by Mark Jones is included.
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About the Author:
Thomas Goodwin (1600 – 1679), was born in Rollesby, Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge. This English Puritan theologian was a contemporary of Richard Baxter and John Owen was known as “the Elder”. He was a Preacher of the Council of State; President of Magdalene College, Oxford; Member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines; and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell.
Praise for Christ Set Forth:
“Goodwin is always an interpreter [of Scripture], and one of a thousand… Full as Goodwin always is of the ripest scriptural and Reformation scholarship, full as he always is of the best theological and philosophical learning of his own day and of all foregoing days; full, also, as he always is of the deepest spiritual experience — all the same, he is also so clear, so direct, so untechnical, so personal, and so pastoral…”
Alexander Whyte ~ noted Scottish minister, Free St. George’s, Edinburgh (1836-1921)
“It was Goodwin’s joy to write about Christ, with whom he communed constantly, and the two items reprinted here are among his best treatments of the Saviour’s love and service to us. Reformed Christology in the seventeenth century, as since, was subtle and deep, and Mark Jones’ excellent analytical essay will be found helpful at this point.”
J I Packer ~ Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
“Thomas Goodwin was a man of prodigious learning, but he was also a man who loved the church of Jesus Christ because he loved his Saviour so much. With his pen in hand he tried his best to allow both his heart and mind to write about the person and work of Christ in such a way that was not only orthodox, but also useful for those he regularly preached to and those who would have the pleasure of reading his works.”
Mark Jones ~ Minister, Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA), Vancouver, Canada