The Treasury of God’s Mercy (Goodwin)

Not long before he died, Thomas Goodwin (d. 1680) preached a series of sermons on Ephesians 1 and 2. They were subsequently published in 1681 and are found in the first two volumes of his Works. It may go without saying, but these sermons are neither brief nor concise. However, they are full of great… Continue reading The Treasury of God’s Mercy (Goodwin)

Reserved by Election (Goodwin)

In 1 Kings 19:18 we read the famous lines that God spoke to his prophet Elijah. Elijah was in great despair over the wickedness in Israel. He even prayed that the Lord would take his life. Here's one thing the Lord told him: "...I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down… Continue reading Reserved by Election (Goodwin)

Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

In Romans 8:29 the apostle Paul talks about people whom God "foreknew." This word is a very important one in a well-known verse: "...Those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren..." (NASB). Paul uses the word "foreknew"… Continue reading Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

Practicing Patience (Goodwin)

As Christians, we always need to pray for patience and practice patience. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and we're commanded to "put on" patience (Gal 5:22, Col. 3:12). Love is patient (1 Cor 13:4). Our heavenly Father is patient and our Lord Jesus is patient (Rom 9:22, 1 Tim. 1:16). It's not a… Continue reading Practicing Patience (Goodwin)

The Faltering Christian Making it Home (Goodwin)

 God's promise to perfect his children even extends to Christians who are backsliding or languishing in the faith.  Even in them God will restore and revive the principles of spiritual life.  This is proved by comparing Hebrews 13:20-21 with 1 Peter 5:10.  Thomas Goodwin (d. 1680) argued this truth of perseverance/preservation well in chapter 13… Continue reading The Faltering Christian Making it Home (Goodwin)