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The Law of Perfect Freedom: Relating to God and Others through the Ten Commandments [Kindle Edition]

Michael Horton , J Packer
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The Ten Commandments are not Moses' bright ideas or simply God's suggestions; they are God's categorical requirements. In The Law of Perfect Freedom, Michael Horton weaves theological truth with practical application to help believers live out the Ten Commandments. Understanding how to live out these commandments brings vitality and victory to our walk with God.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 829 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CJ943O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the Ten Commandments! 26 May 2013
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This is a brilliant book! Author describes in details one commandment after another with many relevant information for the 21st century reader. Michael Horton has a very extensive knowledge in this area and is also gospel centred in his writings.
Michael Horton was not know to me before I had read this book. Since reading this book I've listened to many of his sermons. I've started listening to his ''Pilgrim Theology'' audio book and it's also excellent. I've recently ordered his book ''The Gospel Driven Life''. I'm planning to get more books by this author. In my opinion Michael Horton alongside Tim Keller are two best evangelical authors (and also gospel centred) in today's evangelical church.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 10 Mar. 2013
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The book did not set my heart on fire.

Having studied Thomas Watson and read Brian Edwards on the same subject I did not feel that this matched up to either of these.

Helpful at times but not great
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5.0 out of 5 stars God's Law Defines His Holiness 25 Feb. 2008
By Jacques Schoeman - Published on
Any manifestation of God's grace, even His law, is a gift (James 1:17).

A decade ago Michael Horton emphatically stated: 'That is why, throughout this book we will make a conscious effort to see these commandments not merely as stones to throw at secular society, but as a witness to our unfaithful record at the end of the 20th century.' Horton starts out by immediately directing our attention to important distinctions that have now become blurred, e.g. God's revealed will and God's secret will; the sustainability of the moral (God's) law and the passing of the Jewish ceremonial and civil law; the confusion between the gospel and civil 'righteousness', as set forth by J Gresham Machen a century ago; and the false dichotomy created repeatedly between the Spirit and the Word, as if they had competing agendas. 'Only the Spirit can take those dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1) and make them alive. And once one is made alive, he or she is able to respond positively and affectionately to the law of God for the first time.' p 26

Throughout the Bible sin and its consequences are depicted in uncompromising terms. Israel's failure to walk before God alone and forsake her unfaithful ways brought God remorse. 'We cannot be expected to put God at the centre of our existence if He is not at the center of our theological system.' p 76 Yet that is precisely what happened. "There is no hesed (covenant loyalty), no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land." Hosea 4:1 Horton recounts the enormity of the consequences this had on Israel as a nation, as divine judgment followed.

Though they were a people under the law, Israel was still expected to maintain the spiritual relation presupposed by the patriarchs in the covenant of grace. 'The religion of Israel, however, was committed to a mediated relationship with God. Individual Jews had a relationship with God only because they were part of a community of faith. This community was represented by mediators: prophets, priests and kings.' p 79 and so 'Throughout the gospels Jesus announces the dissolution of the Jewish theocracy. The kingdom of God is no longer identified with one single nation. This is the point of the many parables. But when Jesus, the King of kings, arrived, He declared, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). In other words, Christ's kingdom is not like David's. It is, for the time being, a kingdom in spiritual conflict rather than physical conflicts.' pp. 160-163 Christ takes the curse of the law in our stead, and so sets us free to love and obey God's law from the heart.

The law is the reflection of the character of God, and therefore we are called to follow it. God's moral laws are precepts which are 'righteous altogether', set in place for eternity and aim toward preserving the attribute of His holiness. 'Our motivation for excellence - in work, in education, in relationships, in the home - must be the sanctity of God's reputation.' p 103 The Ten Commandments were not just God's 'suggestions', and being saved by grace doesn't mean we have contempt for God's law, but are free to keep His law from the heart.

Horton draws on the social ills of our time and excels in bringing the eternal ways of God to bear on our carnal minds when he decries the absolute lack of fear for a God who has so revealed Himself in the New Testament as consistent with the Old Testament. 'It is impossible to know the true God, apart from His self-disclosure.' p 107 In masterful exegetical synopses of the Ten Commandments Horton cleverly avoids the trap of legalism and convincingly shows that God is perfectly free to require perfect righteousness of us. Mercy available today, lest we be found not behaving like Christians at all and that our conduct is a contradiction to our identity and confession as believers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to be transformed into Sunday School curriculum 26 May 2014
By JOSE DE O AVILLA - Published on
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Very easy to read, deep in its teaching, not a list of dont's but rather thorough exposition of Ex 20.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I have found 10 May 2012
By Luke B. - Published on
Though I didn't agree with everything he wrote; I did find his applications pointed, interpretation to be in depth, and the book very well written. I ordered other books dealing with the Decalog and believe this to be far and away the best. For the pastor preaching through Ex 20 this book is a great resource.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, except for 4th commandment 11 July 2011
By Ben W - Published on
I liked this book, it really went after the heart attitudes & what is positively required by the commandments, not just forbidden. It was like a huge expansion on the Shorter Catechism. Unfortunately, he believes in the 9 commandments, greatly weakening this book (Lord's Day).
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Disturbing! Instructive - IMPORTANT 15 May 2013
By Stephen R Evoy - Published on
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A series of well-organized chapters containing thoughtful reflection on the 10 commandments. Explores their Scriptural roots, offering helpful illustrations (also from Scripture). Helps us hear what God is saying to his people today, through these commandments. IMPECCABLE WRITING; another important book by Michael Horton. Thanks!
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