Works of Thomas Goodwin Facsimile Reprint of 1866 Edition
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- Publisher : Reformation Heritage Books; Facsimile Reprint of 1866 Edition (June 5, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 6600 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1892777916
- ISBN-13 : 978-1892777911
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,237,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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".