Thomas Goodwin

Thomas GoodwinThomas Goodwin (1600-1679), 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’.

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. 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.

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.” He frequently preached by appointment before the Commons, and in January 1650 his talents and learning were rewarded by the House with the presidentship 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. [More via Wikipedia]

The (Complete) Works of Thomas Goodwin:

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 1. (610 pages)
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This volume contains “An Exposition of the First Chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians” in 36 sermons.

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 2. (554 pages)
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This volume contains the following:

  1. An Exposition of Various Passages of the Epistle to the Ephesians. Twenty-nine sermons, mainly in Ephesians 2.
  2. Patience and Its Perfect Work. James 1:1-5 in four sermons.

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 3. (572 pages)
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This volume contains the following:

  1. An Exposition of the Revelation.
  2. Certain Select Cases Resolved:
    1. A Child of Light Walking in Darkness. Isaiah 50:10-11.
    2. The Return of Prayers. Psalm 85:8.
    3. The Trial of a Christian’s Growth. John 15:1-2.
    4. The Vanity of Thoughts. Jeremiah 4:14.

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 4. (586 pages)
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This volume contains the following:

  1. Christ Set Forth. Romans 8:34.
  2. The Heart of Christ in Heaven Towards Sinners on Earth. John 13:1. Hebrews 4:15.
  3. Aggravation of Sin. Romans 7:13. Romans 1:21. Romans 2:4-5.
  4. Encouragements to Faith. John 6:37-38.
  5. The Glory of the Gospel. Two sermons on Colossians 1:26-27.
  6. A Discourse of the Glory of the Gospel. A longer treatise on Colossians 1:26-27.
  7. The Knowledge of God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:6.

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 5. (570 pages)
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This volume contains the following:

  1. Christ the Mediator. (Makes up the bulk of this volume.)
  2. The Supremacy of Christ Above Moses. Hebrews 12:25-29, Haggai 2:5-9.
  3. The Reconciliation of the People of God by Christ’s Death. Ephesians 2:14-16.
  4. The One Sacrifice. Hebrews 10:4-7.
  5. Reconciliation by the Blood of Christ. Colossians 1:20.
  6. Three sermons on Hebrews 1:1-2.

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 6. (548 pages)
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This volume contains “The Work of the Holy Ghost in Our Salvation.”

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 7. (596 pages)
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This volume contains the following:

  1. Of the Creatures, and the Condition of Their State by Creation.
  2. Of Gospel Holiness in the Heart and Life.
  3. Of the Blessed State of Glory Which the Saints Possess After Death.
  4. Three Several Ages of Christians in Faith and Obedience.
  5. Man’s Restoration by Grace.
  6. On Repentance. Two sermons on Zephaniah 2:1-3.

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 8. (618 pages)
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This volume contains “The Object and Acts of Justifying Faith.”

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 9. (530 pages)
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This volume contains the following:

  1. A Discourse of Election &c. (Makes up the bulk of this volume.)
  2. A Discourse of Thankfulness, which is Due to God for His Benefits and Blessings. Psalm 100:4.

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 10. (586 pages)
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This volume contains “An Unregenerate Man’s Guiltiness Before God, in Respect of Sin and Punishment.”

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 11. (560 pages)
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This volume contains “The Constitution, Right Order, and Government of the Churches of Christ.”

The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 12. (350 pages)
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This volume contains five sermons:

  1. An Immediate State of Glory for the Spirits of Just Men, Upon Dissolution, Demonstrated. 2 Corinthians 5:5.
  2. The Great Interest of States and Kingdoms. Psalm 105:14-15.
  3. A Glimpse of Zion’s Glory; or, The Church’s Beauty Specified. Revelation 19:6.
  4. The World to Come; or, The Kingdom of Christ Asserted. Ephesians 1:21-22.
  5. Zerubbabel’s Encouragement to Finish the Temple. Zechariah 4:6-9.