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Review: “The Fruit of the Spirit is . . .”

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . .

J. V. Fesko

Evangelical Press, 2011, 80pp., paperback, £4.50

ISBN 9780852347362

What is godliness, and how do I obtain it? J. V. Fesko’s book points us to Galatians 5:22-23 for an answer, but puts those verses in their broader context. The result is a book that demands careful thought, for it is both short and deep. Here we see godliness – the fruit of the Spirit – in its place in the broad sweep of redemptive history, in its relation to the Old Testament revelation and to the persons of Christ and the Holy Spirit. We are called to consider not just the fruit itself, but also the tree on which it grows, the soil in which it stands, the nourishment which it receives, and the environment in which it thrives. Much more than a mere “how to” word study, this satisfying book will be a particular help to those seeking holiness without resorting to a quick fix, or counselling those who need to put the pursuit of godliness in its Scriptural context in order to avoid despairing of progress.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 19 February 2014 at 15:17

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Review: “Where Wisdom is Found: Christ in Ecclesiastes”

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Where Wisdom is Found: Christ in Ecclesiastes

J. V. Fesko

Reformation Heritage Books, 2010, 160pp., paperback, $12 / £8.99

ISBN 978-1-60178-092-8

We may read the book of Ecclesiastes and be impressed by its beauty and profundity while feeling that the substance remains well beyond us. We confess that it is the Word of God, and that we don’t know what it means. In this book our author deals with Ecclesiastes as a gateway into wisdom literature, exhorting us not to mistake observations for instructions, nor patterns for promises, nor to miss Christ in this portion of the Bible. Working through the book, he gives us an insight into the emptiness of life as observed by the Preacher, and the fullness of Christ, the wisdom of God, in answering that vanity. It is a simple but fruitful technique, helping us to get beyond mere moralising and to grips with life in a fallen world as men and women looking to Jesus.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 16 December 2011 at 08:41

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