by Thomas Goodwin
That graces and holy dispositions wrought in the soul are the springs and principles of evangelical obedience.—The first streams which flow from hence are inward actions of our souls in holy thoughts, and a lively sense and perception of spiritual things, and a due approbation and judgment of them as most excellent.—That our holiness ought to be sincere and blameless.—That our holiness ought to abound in all fruits of righteousness, and to continue until the day of Christ.
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere, and without offence, till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.—PHILIP. 1:9–11.
Table of Contents
BOOK I.—That Graces and Holy Dispositions Wrought in the Soul
CHAPTER I. The words of the text explained
CHAPTER II. The inward effects of an holy disposition and temper in the soul
CHAPTER III. What is meant by these words in Philip
CHAPTER IV. How we may be said to be kept blameless until the day of Christ.
CHAPTER V. What it is to be filled with the fruits of righteousnes
CHAPTER VI. Of what kind those fruits of righteousness are
CHAPTER VII. That our obedience ought to be continued
BOOK II.—The Demeanour of a Christian
CHAPTER I. The obedience of a Christian expressed under the notion of friendship to God
CHAPTER II. How the apostle Paul and the apostle James are consistent
CHAPTER III. Abraham called the friend of God
CHAPTER IV. An exhortation unto friendship with God
CHAPTER V. What the conversation of a believer ought to be
CHAPTER VI. What our behaviour toward God, as his friends, ought to be
CHAPTER VII. What obedience and duty we owe unto God
CHAPTER VIII. Obedience to God described, as it is a service performed to him
BOOK III.—Evangelical motives to obedience
CHAPTER I. A motive to love and obedience
CHAPTER II. That God's love, in electing us, is a great motive to all acts of love and obedience
CHAPTER III. That the great love of God in electing of us should be a strong motive and incentive to love and good works.
CHAPTER IV. Another motive to obedience deduced from God's great love in giving his Son to die for us
CHAPTER V. Motives against sin
CHAPTER VI. A motive to holiness, and to flight against sin
CHAPTER VII. Motives unto holy obedience
CHAPTER VIII. Motives to evangelical obedience from this consideration
BOOK IV.—The danger of a loose, careless, and unfruitful profession
CHAPTER I. The text in Heb. 6:7, 8, explained
CHAPTER II. That our worthy and suitable living under the ordinances of the gospel brings a blessing
CHAPTER III. Ungodly or unfruitful lives act contrary to the institution and design of the Lord's Supper.
CHAPTER IV. Our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea
CHAPTER V. The danger of those who being in church fellowship and communion, yet their lives are inconsistent with such a relation.
CHAPTER VI. Two cases concerning a regenerate man's sinning against knowledge
CHAPTER VII. The sin against the Holy Ghost differs from other sins against knowledge.