The Whole Works of John Flavel Online

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Puritanboard Librarian
The Whole Works of John Flavel (1770 edition) are available online here:

Vol. 1 (The Life of Mr. John Flavel; The Fountain of Life Opened Up)

Vol. 2 (The Fountain of Life Opened Up; The Method of Grace)

Vol. 3 (The Method of Grace; A Treatise of the Soul of Man)

Vol. 4 (A Practical Treatise of Fear; The Righteous Man's Refuge; England's Duty Under the present Gospel Liberty)

Vol. 5 (not yet available -- see here though)

Vol. 6 (Husbandry Spiritualized; Occasional Meditations; Navigation Spiritualized; The Sea-Man's Companion)

Vol. 7 (A Saint Indeed; The Touchstone of Sincerity; A Token for Mourners; Preparations for Sufferings; The Balm of the Covenant applied to the bleeding Wounds of afflicted Saints; An Exposition of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism, Q. 1-22)

Vol. 8 (An Exposition of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism, Q. 23-107; Sacramental Meditations; The Reasonableness of Personal Reformation; The Character of a True Evangelical Pastor; A Double-Scheme of Sins and Duties)


Puritan Board Graduate
:up: I've often thought about obtaining his works, and now I have this to get my by until I do.


Puritanboard Librarian
Jeff -- Another route you might want to take is to get the Works of Flavel in Word/PDF format from Puritan Books. That costs $3.00 ($0.50 per file x 6 files) and the Word version is of course text-searchable. But the books are great to have too. ;)

Blueridge Believer

Puritan Board Professor
Choice excerpts from John
Flavel's "The Fountain of Life"

When most lame and defective in themselves

Happy were it, if puzzled and perplexed Christians would
turn their eyes from the defects that are in their obedience,
to the fullness and completeness of Christ's obedience; and
see themselves complete in Him, when most lame and
defective in themselves.

By the hand of His own Father!

To wrath, to the wrath of an infinite God without
mixture—to the very torments of hell was Christ
delivered—and that by the hand of His own
Father! Surely then, that love is fathomless,
which made the Father of mercies deliver His
only Son to such miseries for us sinners!

The most precious thing in heaven or earth

In giving Christ to die for poor sinners, God gave the
richest jewel in His cabinet; a mercy of the greatest
worth, and most inestimable value.

Heaven itself is not so valuable and precious as Christ
is! Ten thousand thousand worlds—as many worlds as
angels can number, would not outweigh Christ's love,
excellency and sweetness! O what a lovely One! What
an excellent, beautiful, ravishing One—is Christ!

Put the beauty of ten thousand paradises, like the garden
of Eden, into one; put all flowers, all smells, all colors, all
tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness into one; O
what a lovely and excellent thing would that be!

And yet it should be less to that loveliest and dearest well
beloved Christ—than one drop of rain to all the seas, rivers,
lakes, and fountains of ten thousand earths!

Now, for God to bestow the mercy of mercies, the most
precious thing in heaven or earth, upon poor sinners;
and, as great, as lovely, as excellent as His Son was—what
kind of love is this!
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