The Rule of Love: Broken, Fulfilled, and Applied
“Dr. Fesko has blessed the church with a uniquely balanced and helpful treatment of the Ten Commandments. By insisting that we interpret these enduring commandments in their historical, covenantal, and redemptive contexts, Dr. Fesko keeps us from stumbling into the numerous errors that abound when it comes to interpreting and applying God's law in our modern world. Using Scripture and the richness of the Reformed confessional documents, Dr. Fesko deftly escorts us into a Christ–centered understanding of the law for the church today. This work os both theologically profound and immensely practical.”See All
Rev. Anthony T. Selvaggio
teaching elder (RPCNA), author and visiting professor of biblical studies at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh
“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.”See All
Joel R. Beeke
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
Read an article on The Rule of Love by Anthony Selvaggio at Reformation21.org.
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.