By J. I. Packer
J. I. Packer explodes universal misconceptions concerning the Ten Commandments and offers readers God's blueprint for relational, non secular, and societal healthiness. they can be mistakenly thought of God's "rules"-his superseded checklist of do's and don'ts that upload as much as a guilt-ridden, legalistic lifestyle. yet as liked writer and Bible student J. I. Packer probes the aim and real which means of the 10 Commandments, readers will gladly observe that those precepts can aptly be known as God's layout for the easiest existence attainable. They comprise the knowledge and priorities a person wishes for relational, religious, and societal blessing-and it is all coming from a loving heavenly Father who wishes the simplest for his young children. not just does Packer bring those truths briefly, readable segments, yet he comprises dialogue questions and ideas for additional learn on the finish of every bankruptcy. This publication will problem readers to view the commandments with new eyes and aid them to understand--perhaps for the 1st time--the well-being, the wish, and the historical past we are provided there.
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Hpet!! ” True religion starts with accepting this as one’s rule of life. M PZBMUZ Your god is what you love, seek, worship, serve, and allow to control you. Paul calls covetousness “idolatry” (Colossians 3:5) because what you covet—houses, possessions, ornaments, money, status, success, or whatever—is “had” as a god in this sense. To have your Maker and Savior as your God in preference to any other object of devotion (which is the point of “before”) means that you live for him as his person in faithful and loyal obedience.
You shall . ” The ten directives, which embody the Creator’s intention for human life as such, are here presented as means of maintaining a redeemed relationship already given by grace. And for Christians today, as for the Jews at Sinai, law-keeping (that is, meeting the claims of our God, commandments 1–4, and our neighbor, commandments 5–10) is not an attempt to win God’s admiration and put him in our debt, but the form and substance of grateful, personal response to his love. We have been speaking of our Maker as if he were one person, as Jews, Moslems, and Unitarians suppose him to be; but this is the moment to point out that Christians know the one God to be tripersonal, and know too that the fellowship with the Father and the Son through the Spirit into which they, as saved sinners, are called is to be modeled on the Son’s fellowship with the Father, as revealed in his life on earth.
Keeping the Ten Commandments by J. I. Packer