is an elder and teacher at the Word of Life Church in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and editor of the journal Searching Together.
This article is from the Winter 1978 issue of Baptist Reformation Review (now Searching Together).
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A Study of the Development of Law
in the History of Redemption
by Jon Zens
A brief introduction by Tim:
I cannot begin to express appreciation to Mr. Zens for his labors and studies in the word of God. A great deal of my thinking has been shaped by reading the Baptist Reformation Review and Searching Together since the early 80s. I have particularly benefitted from his challenges on church body life (church leadership and form).
But I would say that the most significant studies of a theological nature have come from Jon's perspectives on the covenants, Old and New, and the place of law and grace in the believer's redemption. They have caused much of my understanding to fall into place that was in confusion by having only the systems of "Dispensationalism" and "Covenant Theology" to choose from. I won't call Mr. Zen's treatments "The Answer" to the problem, but certainly they are the catalysts for further thought and study.
The article, "'This Is My Beloved Son . . . Hear Him' -- A Study of the Development of Law in the History of Redemption" is a rather lengthy article. I have, I pray not too clumsily, divided the article up into chapters for easier consumption. I hope you enjoy Jon's studies and are stimulated to think more on the subject of grace and our redemption in Christ.
Letters and Opening Remarks
The Rightful Focus of the Old Testament:
The Person and Work of Christ
The Rightful Relationship of Christ to the Law:
Fulfillment and Setting Aside
The Rightful Focus of the Believer's Obedience:
The Teaching of Christ
The Rightful Identification of the Law
In the History of Mankind
The Rightful View of Law in Paul:
Fulfill the Law of Christ
Conclusion and Bibliography