First published in 1642, Christ Set Forth — one of Thomas Goodwin’s most beloved and enduring works — is a book full of theological riches and penetrating pastoral insights. Addressing, from an exposition of Romans 8:34, the pastoral problem that many believers stray in their faith by looking into their own hearts for signs of grace instead of looking away from themselves to Christ, Christ Set Forth is primarily a book written to encourage Christians.
As Scott Berggren says in the Foreword:
It is a guidebook for keeping one’s heart and faith pointed in the right direction, towards Christ himself. In it Goodwin pushes aside anything that might displace Christ in one’s heart. In chapter after chapter he sets forth the glory of Christ and his work as mediator as the only object of one’s faith and affection.
Table of Contents:
Section 1: Showing by way of introduction that Christ is the example and object of justifying faith
Section 2: Christ the object and support of faith for justification, in his death
Section 3: Faith supported by Christ’s resurrection
Section 4: Faith supported by Christ’s ascension, and sitting at God’s right hand
Section 5: The triumph of faith from Christ’s intercession