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A Habitual Sight of Him: The Christ-Centered Piety of Thomas Goodwin - Profiles in Reformed Spirituality (Beeke & Jones, eds.)

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Thomas Goodwin (1600–1680) was a faithful pastor, Westminster divine, advisor to Oliver Cromwell, and president of Magdalen College, Oxford. In this book, Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones acquaint the reader with Goodwin through an informative biographical introduction. The remainder of the book, 35 selections from across the works of Goodwin, displays Goodwin’s constant attention to Christ in his various theological engagements. You will learn much about the life and works of this influential Puritan, and perhaps, be strengthened with a habitual sight of Christ. 

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Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction: The Piety of Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680)
  2. Christ Excels Joseph
  3. Christ Longs for His Own Return
  4. Sitting in Heaven
  5. Crying Us into Heaven
  6. Christ’s Gift
  7. Christ Dwelling in Our Hearts by Faith
  8. Christ’s Perfections are our Perfections
  9. Three Hours
  10. Christ by Piecemeal
  11. Christ, the Marrow of the Gospel
  12. Reconciliation Through Christ
  13. “Christ above Moses”
  14. God’s Greatest Work (1)
  15. God’s Greatest Work (2)
  16. Possessing Christ by Faith
  17. One Foot on Christ, Another on Yourself?
  18. No Union, No Justification
  19. Communion with Christ
  20. Elected to Inseparable Union with Christ
  21. Purchasing and Bestowing
  22. Gathered to Christ or Satan?
  23. Sitting at the Right Hand
  24. Summed up in Christ
  25. Christ Putting Beauty on the Body
  26. Living Like Christ
  27. The Revenues of His Death
  28. Joy in God’s Glory
  29. Weak, But Accepted for Christ’s Sake
  30. Christ’s Works of Glory
  31. Restoring Beauty to His Bride
  32. “The Son’s Special Act”
  33. Spirit-Christology
  34. Never Leaving Christ Out
  35. The Mystery of His Will in Christ
  36. Treasures in Heaven 

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Series Description 

Seeking, then, both to honor the past and yet not idolize it, we are issuing these books in the series Profiles in Reformed Spirituality. The design is to introduce the spirituality and piety of the Reformed Profiles in Reformed Spirituality tradition by presenting descriptions of the lives of notable Christians with select passages from their works. This combination of biographical sketches and collected portions from primary sources gives a taste of the subjects’ contributions to our spiritual heritage and some direction as to how the reader can find further edification through their works. It is the hope of the publishers that this series will provide riches for those areas where we are poor and light of day where we are stumbling in the deepening twilight.



Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author. 

Mark Jones (Ph.D., Leiden, 2009) has been the minister at Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA), Canada since 2007. He is also Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at John Wycliffe Theological College, in association with North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa.



“Christology lay at the very heart of the best of Reformed Orthodox theology and practice. In this short book the reader is not only introduced to a brilliant Puritan theologian but also to the very center of his vital Christian piety. I hope this book introduces the writings of Goodwin to a new generation.” - Carl Trueman

“In the long line of distinguished Puritans known as the ‘Spiritual Brotherhood,’ Thomas Goodwin had a formative impact on a host of contemporaries, including John Owen. On many a day while writing my doctoral dissertation on Goodwin, I found myself overwhelmed with emotion as well as penetrating insight as this servant of God set Christ forth in His saving office. Thomas Goodwin’s work defies any tidy division between doctrine and doxology.” - Mike Horton