10 May 2013

Who Jesus Is

What an amazing article from our brother Mike Reeves over at Theology Network on the Puritan Thomas Goodwin. Wow. I know nothing about Goodwin but I have ordered The Heart of Christ, given the snippets Mike provides. Sheesh. Have I been misapprehending who Jesus is my whole life?

On John 13-17 and the words Jesus gives to his disciples of his return, Goodwin writes:
It is as if he had said, The truth is, I cannot live without you, I shall never be quiet till I have you where I am, that so we may never part again; that is the reason of it. Heaven shall not hold me, nor my Father’s company, if I have not you with me, my heart is so set upon you; and if I have any glory, you shall have part of it… Poor sinners, who are full of the thoughts of their own sins, know not how they shall be able at the latter day to look Christ in the face when they shall first meet with him. But they may relieve their spirits against their care and fear, by Christ’s carriage now towards his disciples, who had so sinned against him. Be not afraid, ‘your sins will he remember no more.’ … And doth he talk thus lovingly of us? Whose heart would not this overcome?
And expounding Hebrews 4:15, he says that this text
doth, as it were, take our hands, and lay them upon Christ’s breast, and let us feel how his heart beats and his bowels yearn towards us, even now he is in glory – the very scope of these words being manifestly to encourage believers against all that may discourage them, from the consideration of Christ’s heart towards them now in heaven.
And on sinning Christians:
your very sins move him to pity more than to anger… yea, his pity is increased the more towards you, even as the heart of a father is to a child that hath some loathsome disease… his hatred shall all fall, and that only upon the sin, to free you of it by its ruin and destruction, but his bowels shall be the more drawn out to you; and this as much when you lie under sin as under any other affliction. Therefore fear not, 'What shall separate us from Christ’s love?'
This is a different religion than the one many evangelicals are growing up mentally immersed in.


aletheia said...

Goodmorning Dane

Just happened to read Ezekiel 33:23-29.

i found it interesting...that God says in this passage,
"Then they will know that I am the Lord."

Seems a stark contrast to the thoughts, above.

Dane Ortlund said...

Thanks Aletheia.

I presume you know what is coming in Ezek 34-37?

Aletheia said...

I know them in a very real sense. Actually...it is quite a story. :-)

butintheselastdays.com said...

Hey Dane,

Great post. In case it's helpful, here is an open source link to Mark Jones' (of A Puritan Theology) diss/book on Goodwin's Christology, "Why Heaven Kissed Earth": https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/bitstream/handle/1887/14037/Thesis-MarkJones-Leiden.pdf?sequence=1

Emily said...

I thought exactly the same thing! Jesus is so much more loving, so much more wonderful than I had been thinking! Why don't we talk about this more- Gods unrelenting love for his people in Christ?! Thanks for the reminder!

Ray Ortlund said...


Patrick Chan said...

Thanks for the post! Really edifying. :-)

By the way, I noticed you can get an electronic or digital version of The Heart of Christ (as well as Goodwin's other works) here. It's in volume 4, and available as pdf, epub, mobi, txt, and web files.