The Heart of Christ

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Oct 3, 2011

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The Heart of Christ in Heaven towards Sinners on Earth was first published in 1651, and it soon became Thomas Goodwin’s (1600-1680) most popular work. It is a fine example of his Christ-centredness and his mix of theological rigour and pastoral concern. In it he aims to show from Scripture that, in all his heavenly majesty, Christ is not now aloof from believers and unconcerned, but has the strongest affections for them.

Goodwin begins with the beautiful assurances given by Christ to his disciples, taking as an example of that love Christ’s washing of his disciples’ feet (John 13). The heart of his argument, however, lies in his exposition of Hebrews 4:15, in which Goodwin shows that in all his glorious holiness in heaven, Christ is not sour towards his people; if anything, his capacious heart beats more strongly than ever with tender love for them. And in particular, two things stir his compassion: our afflictions and—almost unbelievably—our sins.

How we need Goodwin and his message today! If we are to be drawn from jaded, anxious thoughts of God and a love of sin, we need such a knowledge of Christ.

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Foreword by Michael Reeves vii
1 Outward demonstrations of the tenderness of Christ’s heart towards sinners 1
2 Internal demonstrations of the tenderness of Christ’s heart towards sinners 35
3 Christ’s affectionate compassion for sinners in their infirmities 91


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  1. Matthew Sullivan

    This is an excellent and precious book. It gleans from Jesus’ Upper Room discourse and draws out some marvelous aspects of the heart of Christ for His own people and it makes for a beautiful portrait of our Lord in one of the most profound portions of the New Testament. I think it pairs very well with a book like John Owen’s “The Glory of Christ”, and may even excel it when it when it comes to language and heart-moving expression. If you love Jesus and have developed a taste for meditating on His person, work, and beauty, do pick this one up and read!

  2. Chad Earwood

    A book that nourishes the soul. Agree completely with Matthew.

  3. Robert Luff

    I need more of this message! Throughout, Thomas Goodwin assures the reader that Jesus Christ continues to love us more than we can comprehend. He draw upon a rich Christology in order to demonstrate how it is that Jesus Christ continues to love His children from Heaven, and that our sin garners His pity rather than His wrath. We need more of this assurance today! If we love Christ because He first loved us, then we will be able to love Him more when we better appreciate the magnitude of His love for us. I need more of this message.

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    Shows from Scripture that, in all his heavenly majesty, Christ is not now aloof from believers and unconcerned, but has the strongest affections for them. 176pp.

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