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6.22.2012

Wilhelmus à Brakel on Christians being prophets, priests, and kings, and also on the fear of God

Here in the first volume of a Wilhelmus à Brakel's The Christian's Reasonable Service:

http://biblicalspirituality.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/reasonableservicevol1-indexed.pdf

are the page numbers (the actual page numbers on the printed document) where he talks about how Christians are to emulate Jesus as prophets, priests, and kings. It's a good reference to have:

Page 529 for prophet.

Page 559 for priest.

Page 571 for king.

Because modern theologians don't talk about this subject, and not at length anyway. Not that I can recall. You can get so much more from the older theologians.

For links to all four volumes of The Christian's Reasonable Service go here to the English translator's own website where he's made the entire work available for free:

http://www.abrakel.com/p/christians-reasonable-service.html

Also, a good section is where he is talking about the fear of God. It's in the third volume:

http://biblicalspirituality.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/reasonableservicevol3-indexed.pdf

starting on page 291. In this chapter he also talks of the fear of man as you read through it:

"The third sin committed against the fear of God is to fear man — a sin to which the godly are still vulnerable."

This is the main thing to know about the fear of God. When you fear God alone you cease to fear man. God doesn't want you fearing man. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom because we then don't allow the fear of man to impede us or dissuade us or control us. We fear God alone. This of course (it needs to be said) will put us in some conflict with the world, because the world *demands* that we fear man. In various ways and to greater or lesser degree the world demands this. Our fallen nature also desires more to fear and revere man rather than fearing and revering God.

All of this comes with the responsibility of knowing the living language of Scripture; knowing on-the-mark biblical doctrine; and knowing and doing the practice of the faith in real time; and building ourselves up in the faith, having the full armor of God.

4 Comments:

Anonymous monax said...

c.t., i am so glad our paths have come together

what i'm reading from you i truly appreciate

let me know if you mind me posting one of your comments from ja'blog on some ground i'm breaking here

spiritualauthority.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/prophets-priests-and-kings/

June 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous monax said...

"To fear God only and not man
makes you a dangerous figure
on the landscape of the world.
Expect war, and fight like a king."

c.t., who said that? is that you?

June 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger c.t. said...

Yes, you can post it. And yes, that quote was something I crafted in some post and thought it was worth using as the footer of the blog. I don't always live up to it. I can't get as intimidated by the world and peoples' opinions as anybody else.

June 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger c.t. said...

Meant to say I *can* get as intimidated...

June 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM  

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