flavel’s triple metaphor

Something I heard yesterday reminded me of this quote from the seventeenth century writer John Flavel, where he points out from three different perspectives how much power is required for a soul to be converted. I posted it on my old blog, but for some reason it didn’t make the transit over here when I […]

how to receive

Something recently made me think of this post from a while back – John Flavel pointing out the correspondences between how salvation is offered, and how it is received (when it is, in fact, received). 1. The gospel offers Christ to us sincerely and really, and so the true believer receives and accepts him. … […]

keeping the heart

“The heart of man is his worst part before it is regenerated, and the best afterward; it is the seat of principles, and the fountain of actions. The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be, principally fixed upon it. The greatest difficulty in conversion is to win the heart […]

receiving mercy

I quoted earlier from one of Robert Traill’s sermons on the ‘throne of grace,’ where he gave those four pieces of advice: ask mercy, receive mercy, make mercy your plea, and hope in his mercy. This is the part which I didn’t have space to include last time. Receiving is easier than asking. Asking requires […]

his name is mercy

In his book The Method of Grace, John Flavel takes Luke 1:72 to suggest that ‘the Mercy’ is one of the titles of Christ, like the Lamb of God, the light of the world, the Redeemer. And in characteristic fashion he then expands on a vast number of ways in which this is an appropriate […]

receiving the gospel offer

Here’s a quote from John Flavel’s book, The Method of Grace, which I was dipping into over the holiday (it’s available here) . Here he’s explaining how the Saviour is received in the same way as he is offered in the gospel (it’s not the complete section – I’ve abbreviated it here). 1. The gospel […]