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Commentary on Ephesians, Volume 2 of 2 [Paperback]

By Thomas Goodwin (Author)
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Pages   504
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2000
Publisher   Sovereign Grace Publishers
ISBN  1589600339  
EAN  9781589600331  

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There is nothing more, and nothing better that has been written on the first two chapters of Ephesians. All the following expositors of this portion of the Scriptures depended on this great work by Goodwin. ''Goodwin combines in a remarkable fashion two of the main qualities requisite for a successful study of theology: (1) A close attention to careful exegesis, in which every element of the written text of Scripture is the object of painstaking and loving scrutiny. (2) A comprehensive grasp of revealed truth in its entirety and in its structural relationships. In this way, in Goodwin, exegetical and doctrinal theology walk hand in hand, so to speak, every truth is substantiated by Scripture, and every text is carefully analyzed so that the verities [that it reveals may find their proper place in the total organism of the Christian faith. (Introduction by Roger Nicole). In these expositions Goodwin proves himself to be the very finest of communicators. His detailing of God's words are translated into power in the reader's understanding. The more one reads, the more the truth of God sinks in to the consciousness of the soul's ears. A holy excitement develops when one sees into the inner workings of God's mind given through the Apostle Paul as he was ''being borne along by the Holy Spirit'' (2 Peter 1:21).With Goodwin as guide, not only deep theology is taught, but very personal practical lessons are carried away to live in the hearts and practice of his readers. Goodwin gives such keen summations of each verse at the end of each chapter one may be lulled into thinking it is enough to just read the summaries. But this would leave such a one the poorer, having skipped over so many exquisite gems of scriptural knowledge as to rob himself of the richest revelations. For Goodwin roams the scriptures to reinforce the subject being discussed, scattering prisms of truth as he goes. Goodwin ''represents the cream of Puritanism, capturing the intellect, the will, and the h

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Thomas Goodwin Thomas Goodwin (Rollesby, Norfolk, 5 October 1600 – 23 February 1680), 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’.

Early life

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. At this time he was influenced by John Rogers of Dedham. Goodwin rode 35 miles from Cambridge to Dedham to hear this Puritan preacher. 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.

Puritan leader

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" and was one of the authors of An Apologetical Narration. He frequently preached by appointment before the Commons, and in January 1650 his talents and learning were rewarded by the House with the presidency 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.


The works published by Goodwin during his lifetime consist chiefly of sermons printed by order of the House of Commons. He was also associated with Philip Nye and others in the preparation of the Apologeticall Narration (1643).

Five volumes of his sermons and other works were published from 1682 to 1704. They have been reprinted at least 47 times. His collected writings, which include expositions of the Epistle to the Ephesians and of the Apocalypse, were published in five folio volumes between 1681 and 1704, and were reprinted in twelve 8vo volumes (Edin., 1861–1866).

They are characterized by abundant yet one-sided reading, depth with narrowness of their observation and spiritual experience, they are thorough but prolix. They fairly exemplify both the merits and the defects of the special school of religious thought to which they belong. Edmund Calamy the Elder's estimate of Goodwin's qualities may be quoted as both friendly and just. He was a considerable scholar and an eminent divine, and had a very happy faculty in descanting upon Scripture so as to bring forth surprising remarks, which yet generally tended to illustration.

A memoir, derived from his own papers, by his son (Thomas Goodwin the younger, 1650-1716, Independent, minister at London and Pinner, and author of the History of the Reign of Henry V) is prefixed to the fifth volume of his collected works; as a patriarch and Atlas of Independency he is also noticed by Anthony Wood in the Athenae Oxonienses.

An amusing sketch, from Joseph Addison's point of view, of the austere and somewhat fanatical president of Magdalen, is preserved in No. 494 of The Spectator.

Thomas Goodwin was born in 1600 and died in 1679.

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