Grace is nothing but a company of nothings, and company of alls (Goodwin)

Thomas Goodwin, a new favorite puritan of mine, on grace in the Christian life.

“I used to say that grace is nothing but a company of nothings, and a company of alls, as I may so express it to you.

It makes the heart to be nothing in its own righteousness, but Jesus Christ to be all.

It makes the heart to be nothing in its own abilities to do anything, but Jesus Christ to be all.

It makes the heart to be nothing in its own ends, but to set up Jesus Christ in all.

It makes the heart to be nothing, in respect of being accepted for anything in itself, but to be graciously accepted in the beloved, to be all in that respect.

It brings the heart to be nothing in comfort, to seek for nothing of comfort, but what is to be had in Christ, in the face of Christ.

It makes the heart to be nothing in valuation of itself, but Jesus Christ to be all.

These things indeed we all fall short of, but this will be your pitch, that there shall be nothing but Christ in you, not you in Christ, but Christ in you, if your spirits be truly and fully turned to the gospel, if they be evangelised [or, as Goodwin elsewhere says, if they be ‘gospelised,’ for that is what it means].”

– Thomas Goodwin, The Works of Thomas Goodwin, vol. 4 (Grand Rapids: Reformed Heritage Books, 2006), 339.

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One Response to Grace is nothing but a company of nothings, and company of alls (Goodwin)

  1. Susie Everett says:

    Thanks, Drew–this is helpful today.

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