The first part of Volume Three contains Goodwin’s chapter-by-chapter exposition of Revelation, in which he ponders the purpose of the book and the nature of its prophecy. He brings a uniquely Puritan approach to a book more often touted for its bizarre imagery and apocalyptic prophecies than its connections to Puritan theology. Goodwin’s writings on Revelation also include two short summary works on Revelation’s depiction of Christ’s kingdom.
The middle part of Volume Three includes a lengthy excursus on the metaphor of darkness and light in Isaiah 50. In particular, Goodwin ponders the prominence of this metaphor in Isaiah’s prophecy and the implications of the contrasts it draws today.
Volume Three concludes with a Goodwin’s writings on Christian growth, including not only the instances where the church flourishes, but also the obstacles which impede Christian growth.
Praise for the Print Edition
He speaks the intimacies of things from an inward sense and feeling of them in his own heart, to the particular cases and experiences of others.
- Title: The Works of Thomas Goodwin, vol. 3
- Author: Thomas Goodwin
- Publisher: James Nichol
- Publication Date: 1861
- Pages: 527
About Thomas Goodwin
Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) was born in Norfolk in England as the oldest son of Richard and Catherine Goodwin. At the age of six, Goodwin, in his own words, “began to have some slighter workings of the Holy Spirit.” He attended Christ’s College in Cambridge, and was ordained as a preacher in 1625 and as a lecturer at Trinity Church in 1633.
In 1634, he resigned and in 1639 was forced to flee to the Netherlands to escape persecution.
After Goodwin returned to England, he became a member of the Westminster Assembly, and frequently preached in Parliament. In 1656, he also became chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Along with John Owen, Thomas Goodwin was instrumental in writing the Westminster Confession of 1658.
In 1660, Goodwin returned to London and served as pastor of Fetter Lane Independent Church, where he remained until his death.