Christ and His Threefold Office

Christ and His Threefold Office

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Flavel explores the glory of Christ becoming a man “to qualify and prepare Him for a full discharge of His mediatorship, in the office of our Prophet, Priest, and King.”

“Salvation,” says Flavel, “is revealed by Christ as a Prophet, procured by Him as a Priest, applied by Him as a King. In vain it is revealed, if not purchased; in vain revealed and purchased, if not applied.”

Flavel’s treatment of the subject is polemical when necessary and painstakingly detailed when he believes the truth is at stake. It is an act of adoration, of meditations upon “the transcendent excellency of Jesus Christ.”


Table of Contents:

  1. The Excellence of the Subject
  2. Christ’s Essential Glory
  3. The Covenant of Redemption
  4. God’s Admirable Love
  5. Christ’s Wonderful Person
  6. The Authority of the Mediator
  7. The Consecration of the Mediator
  8. The Nature of Christ’s Mediation
  9. The First Branch of Christ’s Prophetical Office: The Revelation of God’s Will
  10. The Second Branch of Christ’s Prophetical Office: The Illumination of Man’s Understanding
  11. The Nature and Necessity of Christ’s Priesthood
  12. The First Act of Christ’s Priestly Office: Oblation
  13. The Second Act of Christ’s Priestly Office: Intercession
  14. The First Effect of Christ’s Priesthood: A Full Satisfaction
  15. The Second Effect of Christ’s Priesthood: A Blessed Inheritance
  16. The Kingly Office of Christ: Executed Spiritually upon the Redeemed
  17. The Kingly Office of Christ: Executed Providentially for the Redeemed



John Flavel (1628–1691) was an English Puritan who became a non-conformist after the ‘Great Ejection’ of 1662. It was 10 years before he was licenced to preach again, and then only in his own home. His writings, when collected in the 19th century, filled 6 volumes. Flavel’s writings are known for their practical nature. He was instrumental in promoting the ‘Happy Union’ of Presbyterians and Congregationalists.



“It’s difficult to find a more compelling, heart-searching, affection-producing, and biblically sound expositor of experiential Christianity than the seventeenth-century English Puritan John Flavel. Combining pastoral warmth and theological depth, Flavel sought to display the loveliness of Christ as Mediator so that the believer might grow in greater spiritual maturity and conformity to Him. I cannot commend Flavel highly enough!” — Brian H. Cosby, senior minister of Wayside Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain, Tennessee; and author of John Flavel: Puritan Life and Thought in Stuart England and Suffering and Sovereignty: John Flavel and the Puritans on Afflictive Providence


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