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.
“I confess it is better to have a well ordered heart, than a methodical head; but surely both are better than either.” (Volume 1, Page 22)
“The third is to see so many real saints, in whom the spirit of truth is, who yet, through the impetuous workings of their corruptions, and neglecting of the watch over their hearts, do often fall into such scandalous practices, that they look like hypocrites, though they are not so.” (Volume 5, Page 417)
“Thirdly, He promiseth to crown his work with success, and bring it to an happy issue” (Volume 1, Pages 56–57)
“In the covenant of grace, we question not the performance on God’s part, but we are often stumbled at the grand defects on our parts. But when we look to the covenant of redemption there is nothing to stagger our faith, both the federates being infinitely able and faithful to perform their parts; so that there is no possibility of a failure there. Happy were it, if puzzled and perplexed Christians would turn their eyes from the defects that are in their obedience, to the fulness and completeness of Christ’s obedience; and see themselves complete in him, when most lame and defective in themselves.” (Volume 1, Page 59)
“Corollary 3. If the greatest love hath been manifested in giving Christ to the world, then it follows, that the greatest evil and wickedness is manifested in despising, slighting, and rejecting Christ.” (Volume 1, Page 70)
Reid A Ferguson