The Eternal Existence of Jesus Christ, Thomas Goodwin, Paperback

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''And now, O Father, glorify Me with Your own self, with the glory which I had with You before the world was'' (John 17:5).
First Question: Under what notion or consideration Christ should be the subject of that speech, ''the glory which I had with You before the world was''? Was it spoken of the second Person, simply considered, as God? Or was is it spoken of Christ, considered as God-man?.

Answer: My answer to this inquiry and my assertion is that Christ, considered as God-man, is the subject of both parts of this verse. As man speaks it, so the man is involved as spoken of, and the whole person as God-man, ''Glorify Me now, O Father.'' It is the glory that belongs to the man that He prays for in these words, ''And now, Father, glorify Me,'' and not simply as He is second Person. It is not the glory of the second Person, for it is naturally and essentially His due.'' The subject of the glory prayed for is the Man. It is a glory that has been suspended until His work was done. And therefore, ''Now,'' Father glorify Me, He says. This answers to that which is in Luke 24:26, ''Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? He prays for that glory which He will have in Heaven when He is glorified, and there will appear visible in His human nature (and which in the 24th verse He prays that His saints might see and behold. And in that same verse that glory shall be given Him out of love before the world was). This cannot be meant of the divine nature as second Person simply, for that is as invisible as God the Father is; and it was not by gift but by generation communicated to Him as God the Son.

By this beginning, the reader will see how keenly Goodwin rightly divides the Word of truth. He relates John 17:22 and 24 to this verse to prove that this prayer is for the God-man to be glorified now in a way never before given to Him. He draws in many other Scriptures to prove His point that Christ Jesus as God-man existed as the first decree of the Father. For example, ''Proverbs 8:22), ''Jehovah possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old'') possessed Him as a rich and complete treasury and magazine of all His counsels laid up with Him; He also being a most able minister and agent for the execution of all His works. Christ, who is both ''the wisdom of God, and the power of God,'' (1 Corinthians 1:24), executively, His universal instrument, ''by whom'' and ''in whom'' to manifest all His glory. In Proverbs 8:30, it is written, ''then I was at His side, like a master workman''.

Goodwin (1600-1679) was rightly described as ''one of the twin pillars of the Puritan movement.'' His 12 volumes are filled with information not to be found in any other works. 140 pages, paperback

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