The Rule of Love: Broken, Fulfilled, and Applied (Fesko)

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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.

Table of Contents: 


  1. The Prologue
  2. The First Commandment
  3. The Second Commandment
  4. The Third Commandment
  5. The Fourth Commandment
  6. The Fifth Commandment
  7. The Sixth Commandment
  8. The Seventh Commandment
  9. The Eighth Commandment
  10. The Ninth Commandment
  11. The Tenth Commandment
  12. Conclusion  



J. V. Fesko is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and is also academic dean and associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.



"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