by wanliss on July 10, 2017

in Philosophy and Religion

In his magnum opus Á Brakel produces a book that can speak to cultures in which many are content to believe that God is an indulgent Father ever ready with a smile and wink at even the grossest of sins. Scripture teaches that there is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death. Thus there is right and wrong, objectively speaking, and there is such a thing as a Christian lifestyle. Christians follow Christ, and do not love the world.

According to Á Brakel,

God has assigned to each creature his station and measure of perfection, having created in each creature the inclination to be in that station and to strive for perfection. Heavy objects have a downward inclination, whereas fire is inclined to go upward, and the sparks of fire rise upward to float away. A fish seeks out the water, a bird chooses the air, and other animals seek out dry ground. As soon as a seed germinates, the plant will not rest until it has attained its proper height and size. As soon as a living creature is born, it will seek for food in order that he might grow. This is also true for spiritual life. As soon as a believer has been regenerated, he will be dissatisfied with the feeble measure of grace he possesses, and will at once be desirous to grow—yes, would desire to be perfect at once. This is so typical for a believer, that whoever does not have this smarting desire is no true believer.


Rev. Joel Beeke writes the following of The Christian’s Reasonable Service:

In my opinion, Wilhelmus à Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service is one of the most valuable set of books available in English today.

This work consists of a traditional Reformed systematic theology (Vol. 1), and expositions on Christian ethics and Christian living (Vol. 2-4).

The entire set can be downloaded here: reasonableservicevol1-indexed; reasonableservicevol2-indexed; reasonableservicevol3-indexed; reasonableservicevol4-indexed


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