John Flavel was a British Presbyterian clergyman in the seventeenth century, a time of religious persecution in England. Charles II passed the Act of Uniformity in 1662, forcing all ministers not under the Church of England to serve in secret, including Flavel. Persecuted for not following the orders of the Church of England, Flavel was a faithful minister and worked hard to serve his congregation, despite poor health. He was widely known for being a man of prayer, sincere, and faithful to God, an example to his parishioners and peers.
This six-volume set contains all his writings—sermons, letters, poems, exhortations, and treatises. Flavel focuses on the nature of God, as well as writing extensively on the life of Christ. He also includes a treatise on the nature of humanity and its relation to God. Flavel also examines suffering and other concerns, using Scripture and personal examples. This is an important and encouraging collection from one of the most prominent and dedicated ministers of his time. It will be of interest to students and professors of the Puritan era, as well as those wanting to learn more about the history of Presbyterianism in England.
The first volume of John Flavel’s works begins with a biography. There are forty-two sermons on various texts, with a focus on the supremacy and goodness of Christ, which Flavel puts under the heading of “The Fountain of Life.”
The Fountain of Life
Sets Forth Christ in His Essential and Primeval Glory
Opens the Covenant of Redemption Betwixt the Father and the Redeemer
Opens the Admirable Love of God in Giving His Own Son for Us
Of Christ’s Wonderful Person
Of the Authority by Which Christ, as Mediator, Acted
Of the Solemn Consecration of the Mediator
Of the Nature of Christ’s Mediation
The First Branch of Christ’s Prophetical Office, Consisting in the Revelation of the Will of God
The Second Branch of Christ’s Prophetical Office, Consisting in the Illumination of the Understanding
The Nature and Necessity of the Priesthood of Christ.
Of the Excellency of our High-Priest's Oblation, Being the First Act or Part of His Priestly Office.
Of the Intercession of Christ our High-priest, Being the second Act or Part of his Priestly Office.
A Vindication of the Satisfaction of Christ, as the First Effect or Fruit of his Priesthood
Of the Blessed Inheritance Purchased by the Oblation of Christ, Being the Second Effect or Fruit of His Priesthood.
Of the Kingly Office of Christ, As It Is Executed Spiritually Upon the Souls of the Redeemed.
Of the Kingly Office of Christ, As It Is Providentially Executed in the World, for the Redeemed.
Of the Necessity of Christ's Humiliation, in Order to the Execution of All These His Blessed Offices for Us; and Particularly of his Humiliation by Incarnation.
Of Christ's Humiliation in His Life.
Of Christ's Humiliation unto Death, in His First Preparative Act for It.
The Second Preparative Act of Christ for His own Death
The Third preparative Act of Christ for his own Death.
The First Preparation for Christ's Death, on his Enemies Part, by the Treason at Judas.
The Second and Third Preparatives for the Death of Christ, by His Illegal Trial and Condemnation.
Christ's Memorable Address to the Daughters of Jerusalem, in his Way to the Place of His Execution.
Of the Nature and Quality of Christ's Death.
Of the Signal Providence, Which Directed and Ordered the Title Affixed to the Cross of Christ.
Of the Manner of Christ's Death, in Respect to the Solitariness Thereof..
Of the Manner of Christ's Death, in Respect of the Patience Thereof.
Of the Instructiveness of the Death of Christ, in His seven Last Words; the First of Which is Here Illustrated.
The Second Excellent Word of Christ upon the Cross, Illustrated.
TheThird of Christ's Last Words Upon the Cross, Illustrated.
The Fourth Excellent Saying of Christ Upon the Cross, Illustrated.
The Fifth Excellent Saying of Christ Upon the Cross, Illustrated.
The Sixth Excellent Saying of Christ Upon the Cross, Illustrated.
The Seventh and Last Word with Which Christ Breathed Out His Soul, Illustrated.
Christ's Funeral Illustrated, in Its Manner, Reasons, and Excellent Ends
Wherein the Resurrection of Christ, with Its Influences Upon the Saints Resurrection, is Clearly Opened, and Comfortably Applied, Being the First Step of His Exaltation
The Ascension of Christ Illustrated, and Variously Improved, Being the Second Step of His Exaltation.
The Session of Christ at God's Right-hand Explained and Applied, Being the Third Step of his glorious Exaltation
Christ's Advent to Judgement, Being the Fourth and Last Degree of His Exaltation, Illustrated and Improved
Flavel gives many sermons on the book of Revelation in the fourth volume. He divides each sermon into separate sections: exposition on the passage and then gives different practical applications, including information, exhortation, use, lamentation, and trials. Flavel also provides sermons on the providence of God, using the Psalms as well as texts from the New Testament and real-life stories from Flavel’s life.
In this volume, Flavel draws spiritual connections between agriculture and navigation, and the life of a Christian. He includes many poems along with his expositions. He also includes sermons on practical matters such as temperance and profanity, as well as trusting God in difficult times, sincerity of heart, and self-examination. There is also an in-depth discourse on mourning and suffering.
Flavel, in this sixth volume, goes into detail about preparing one’s self for suffering and learning how to view suffering from a proper standpoint. He gives great encouragement and hope for difficult times. Included are a miscellaneous group of sermons, letters, and discourses, as well an comprehensive index for all six volumes.
Title: The Whole Works of John Flavel (6 vols.)
Author: John Flavel
Publisher: W. Baynes and Son
About the Author
John Flavel was born in 1627, whose father was persecuted for not obeying the Church of England. Flavel followed in his father’s footsteps as a Presbyterian clergyman and was forced to minister in secret due to the Act of Uniformity in 1662 under Charles II. The Act was repealed for a time under James II in 1687, allowing those not serving in the Church of England to minister freely. Flavel was known as a man of integrity and deep commitment to God. He died in 1691.