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The Heart Of Christ

Thomas Goodwin



The Heart Of Christ

Thomas Goodwin



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How does Christ in heaven relate to sinners on Earth?

The Heart of Christ in Heaven towards Sinners on Earth was first published in 1651, and it soon became Thomas Goodwin's (1600-1680) most popular work. It is a fine example of his Christ-centredness and his mix of theological rigour and pastoral concern. In it he aims to show from Scripture that, in all his heavenly majesty, Christ is not now aloof from believers and unconcerned, but has the strongest affections for them.

Goodwin begins with the beautiful assurances given by Christ to his disciples, taking as an example of that love Christ's washing of his disciples' feet (John 13). The heart of his argument, however, lies in his exposition of Hebrews 4:15, in which Goodwin shows that in all his glorious holiness in heaven, Christ is not sour towards his people; if anything, his capacious heart beats more strongly than ever with tender love for them. And in particular, two things stir his compassion: our afflictions and--almost unbelievably--our sins. How we need Goodwin and his message today! If we are to be drawn from jaded, anxious thoughts of God and a love of sin, we need such a knowledge of Christ.

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    The Heart Of Christ

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    Thomas Goodwin

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    Puritan Paperbacks

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    Banner of Truth

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5.0 based on 1 review

Phenomenal Read

This was a tough read not so much for its vocabulary or its theology but because it was so emotionally impactful! Goodwin asks the question, "Does Jesus really still care about my everyday travails even now as he's seated at the right hand of the Father?" He argues that Jesus' contemplation of his coming glorification causes him to perform the most menial service he ever has for his disciples! Goodwin urges us to recognize that the kindness and compassion of Jesus is the greatest antidote to sin because Jesus pities more than gets angry at us. This book would choke me up every few pages, and I was overwhelmed by it many times. Easy recommendation! *I am employed by 10ofthose. I was provided with a review copy, but was not required to leave a positive review.

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