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The Fountain of Life
– or –
A Display of Christ in His Essential and Mediatorial Glory

by John Flavel

(Note, this audiobook was freshly digitized in 2015, using cassettes kindly supplied by Chapel Library. The quality of the audio ranged from very good to quite poor. All have been custom equalized through a 20-band graphic equalizer to produce the best possible sound–but only so much can be done when the source material is mediocre. We are currently attempting to contact the original reader to see if some better tapes might be used. If you have any information that could help with this, please contact us here.

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 Introductory Notice: 
Sketch of the Author's Life 
 Chapter 1: 
The Excellency of the Subject 
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” – 1 Cor. 2:2.
 Chapter 2: 
Christ in His Essential and Primeval Glory 
“Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.” – Prov. 8: 30.
 Chapter 3: 
The Covenant of Redemption Betwixt The Father
and The Redeemer 
“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” – Isa. 53: 12.
 Chapter 4: 
The Admirable Love of God in Giving His Own
Son for Us 
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” – John 3:16.
 Chapter 5: 
Of Christ's Wonderful Person 
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” – John 1: 14.
 Chapter 6: 
The Authority by which Christ as Mediator Acted 
“For him hath God the Father sealed.” – John 6: 27.
 Chapter 7: 
Of The Solemn Consecration of the Mediator 
“And for their sakes I sanctify myself.” – John 17: 19.
 Chapter 8: 
The Nature of Christ's Mediation 
“And one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Tim. 2:5.
 Chapter 9: 
The First Branch of Christ's Prophetical Office,
Consisting in the Revelation of the Will of God 
“A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.” – Acts 3: 22.
 Chapter 10: 
The Second Branch of Christ's Prophetical Office–
Illumination of the Understanding 
“Then opened he their understandings, that they might understand the Scriptures.” – Luke 24: 45.
 Chapter 11: 
Nature and Necessity of the Priesthood of Christ 
“It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” – Heb. 9: 23.
 Chapter 12: 
Excellency of our High Priest's Oblation. The First
Part of His Priestly Office 
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” – Heb. 10: 14.
 Chapter 13: 
Intercession of Christ. The Second Part of His
Priestly Office 
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make in tercession for them.” – Heb. 7: 25.
 Chapter 14: 
The Satisfaction of Christ. The First Effect of His
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.” – Gal. 3: 13.
 Chapter 15: 
The Inheritance Purchased by the Oblation of Christ.
The Second Effect of His Priesthood 
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” – Gal. 4: 4, 5.
 Chapter 16: 
The Kingly Office of Christ, as Executed Spiritually
Upon the Souls of the Redeemed 
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Cor. 10:5.
 Chapter 17: 
The Kingly Office of Chirst, as Providentially
Executed for the Redeemed 
“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.” – Eph. 1: 22.
 Chapter 18: 
Christ's Humiliation–In His Incarnation 
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” – Phil. 2:8.
 Chapter 19: 
Christ's Humiliation–In His Life 
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” – Phil. 2:8.
 Chapter 20: 
Christ's Humiliation Unto Death–
His First Preparative Act 
“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” – John 17 : 11.
 Chapter 21: 
Second Preparative Act of Christ for His Own Death–
The Lord's Supper 
“The Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread : and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat : this is my body, which is broken for you : this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” – 1 Cor. 11: 23-25.
 Chapter 22: 
Third Preparative Act of Christ for His Own Death–
Agony in the Garden 
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me : nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” – Luke 32: 41-44.
 Chapter 23: 
First Preparative for Christ's Death on His Enemies'
Part–Treason of Judas 
“And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he ; hold him fast. And forth with he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master ; and kissed him.” – Matt. 26: 47-49.
 Chapter 24: 
The Second and Third Preparatives for Christ's Death–
His Illegal Trial and Condemnation 
“And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified: and the voices of them, and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.” – Luke 23: 23, 24.
 Chapter 25: 
Christ's Address to the Daughters of Jerusalem 
“And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.” – Luke 23: 27, 28, &c.
 Chapter 26: 
The Nautre of Christ's Death 
“Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” – Acts 2: 23.
 Chapter 27: 
The Title Affixed to the Cross of Christ 
“And a superscription also was written over him, in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This is the King of the Jews.” – Luke 23: 38
 Chapter 28: 
The Solitariness of Christ's Death 
“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts : smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered ; and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.” – Zech. 13: 7
 Chapter 29: 
The Patience of Christ's Death 
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth : he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.” – Isa. 53: 7.
 Chapter 30: 
The Instructiveness of Christ's Death in His Seven Last
Words;–The First–“Father, Forgive Them.” 
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them: for they .know not what they do.” – Luke 23: 34.
 Chapter 31: 
Second Excellent Word of Christ Upon the Cross–
“Behold Thy Mother.” 
“Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother!” – John 19: 27
 Chapter 32: 
Third of Christ's Words Upon the Cross–
To the Penitent Thief 
“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23: 43.
 Chapter 33: 
Fourth Saying of Christ on the Cross–
“My God, My God.” 
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani 1 that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” – Matt. 27: 46.
 Chapter 34: 
Fifth Saying of Christ on the Cross–“I Thirst.” 
“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” – John 19: 28.
 Chapter 35: 
Sixth Saying of Christ on the Cross–“It is Finished.” 
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” – John 19: 30.
 Chapter 36: 
Seventh and Last Saying of Christ on the Cross–
“Into Thy Hands,,,” 
“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” – Luke 23: 46.
 Chapter 37: 
Christ's Funeral Illustrated 
“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified, there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore, be cause of the Jews' preparation-day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.” – John 19: 40-42.
 Chapter 38: 
Four Weighty Ends of Christ's Humiliation 
“He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.” – Isaiah 53: 11.
 Chapter 39: 
The Resurrection of Christ 
“He is not here : for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” – Matt. 28: 6.
 Chapter 40: 
The Ascension of Christ 
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.” – John 20: 17.
 Chapter 41: 
The Session of Christ at God's Right Hand 
“When he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” – Heb. 1: 3.
 Chapter 42: 
Christ's Advent to Judgment 
“And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” – Acts 10: 42.
 Chapter 43: 
Concluding Appeal 
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 Doctrine of Christ: 
Academy Lecture series – Greg Nichols 
 Here We Stand series: 
Many msgs. on person/work of Christ – A.N.Martin 
 The Person of Chirst: 
(scroll down to "Part 5" & "Part 6") – Sam Waldron 
 New Testament Christology: 
(scroll down for 6-part series) – Wm. Downing 
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