Thomas Goodwin

Blood Cries Out

BloodBlood cries out to God for justice. And it does not go unnoticed by the Judge of all the earth. The Scriptures in both the Old Testament (Genesis 4:10) and New Testament (Hebrews 12:23) attest to this fact. In his book, Christ Set Forth, Thomas Goodwin writes,

“Many other things are said to cry in Scripture (and I might show how the cry of all other things do meet in this), but blood has the loudest cry of all things else, in the ears of the Lord of Hosts, the Judge of all the world (Heb 12:23). Neither has any cry the ear of God’s justice more than that of blood. ‘The voice of your brother’s blood,’ says God to Cain, ‘cries unto me from the ground’ (Gen 4:10).” (p.141)

Now Goodwin (1600-1679) certainly wasn’t writing about abortion as we know it (as such a thing was no doubt all but unheard of in his day), but his words most certainly apply to that vile practice. The biblical principle still stands – innocent blood cries out to God. And if Abel’s blood cried out from the ground against his brother who murdered him, what must the blood of well over 50 million babies sound like in the ears of the Judge of all the earth? Do we dare suppose that He will not bring the shedding of such blood to justice?

May God have mercy upon our nation, and turn us to repentance before it is too late.

And may He grant mercy and repentance to many of those who are even now guilty of shedding the most innocent of blood through abortion, so that they find forgiveness and life through faith in Jesus Christ, whose sprinkled blood “speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24). The blood of Christ alone can cover the guilt of our sins, even the sin of murder through abortion.

The Resurrection as a “Comfortable Sign” of the Believer’s Justification

GoodwinIn his book, Christ Set Forth, Puritan writer Thomas Goodwin (1600-1679) includes a chapter about how the Christian’s faith is supported by the resurrection of Christ. In other words, Christ’s resurrection from the dead on the 3rd day provides us with assurance that the price for our redemption really has been fully paid by Christ on the cross, and has been accepted by God as satisfaction for our sin.  Goodwin writes,

“Although Christ’s obedience in this life and his death past do alone afford the whole matter of our justification, and make up the sum of that price paid for us . . . , so as faith may see a fullness of worth and merit therein, to discharge the debt; yet faith has a comfortable sign and evidence to confirm itself in the belief of this, from Christ’s resurrection after his death. It may fully satisfy our faith, that God himself is satisfied, and that he reckons the debt as paid.” (p.62)

Have you ever thought about the resurrection that way? If you are a believer in Christ, you can look to Christ’s resurrection as a “comfortable sign” (i.e. a sign that gives you comfort and assurance) of the reality of your justification in Christ!

This is just part of what Goodwin understands the Apostle Paul to be saying in Romans 8:34, where we read:

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”

Christ’s resurrection puts God’s exclamation point on the gospel!