- Hardcover: 141 pages
- Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160178063X
- ISBN-13: 978-1601780638
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rule of Love: Broken, Fulfilled, and Applied Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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The Rule of Love refreshingly sets each of the Ten Commandments in its historical, covenantal, and redemptive context, then proceeds to show that each commandment covers a broad range of issues that convict us as believers of sin and encourage us to flee to Christ who is the great Law-fulfiller and our complete remedy for all our Law-breaking. --Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
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"In The Rule of Love, J. V. Fesko gives an introductory exposition of the Ten Commandments. Beginning with the importance of the prologue, and then addressing each Commandment in turn, he sets forth a balanced and biblical approach that places the law in proper perspective. Throughout the book, Fesko analyzes the historical context of God's giving the law in order to help us accurately understand the moral demands God places upon humanity.
Yet, Fesko does not stop there; he also discusses the covenantal and redemptive context in which the law was given. Thus, he shows that the law is not presented to us in order for us to present ourselves right before God. Rather, it demonstrates our failure to love God as we should and points us to Christ and His perfect obedience in all that God requires of us. Fesko also shows how Christ applies the commandments to His people by the indwelling power and presence of the Holy Spirit. This is an excellent survey of the Ten Commandments that promises to bring about a more accurate understanding of the proper uses of the law, as well as engender profound gratitude for all that God is for us in Christ."
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Fesko discusses each commandment, giving its historical situation (Mt. Sinai), its covenantal aspect (fulfillment and the Abrahamic covenant), and its redemptive context (deliverance from Egypt). He also clearly shows how each commandment is fulfilled by Christ and how it applies to those in Christ. There are a few study questions at the end of each chapter which help reinforce the main ideas.
In summary, though this is not an exhaustive tome on ethics or the ten commandments, it is a solid, clear, and understandable study of the law of God. Fesko doesn't mix law and gospel in the book, he keeps the reader's gaze on Jesus, and he brings Scripture to bear on our daily Christian pilgrimage of grace and gratitude. I'll use this book in these ways: to give to new Christians, as a short Bible study book, and as a gift to older Christians who enjoy reading. I highly recommend this book!