The Essentials of NT Ethics

1. A sense of the advance of redemptive history from an abrogated Old Covenant economy to an abiding New Covenant economy (John 1:17; Heb. 10:9; 13:20).

2. Moses himself pleads for us to listen, not to himself, but to the Prophet of whom he wrote (Deut. 18:15, 18; Acts 3:22-23; 7:37).

3. God himself has spoken from heaven and has commanded us to listen to the Son of whom Moses wrote (Heb. 1:1; Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Acts 7:37).

4. Christ's death on the cross ratifies his New Covenant and establishes an authoritative basis for his New Commandment (1 Cor 11:25; John 13:34-35; 15:12-13).

5. Paul's ethical orientation was centered, not in the Law of Moses, but in the 'law of Christ' (Gal. 6:2; 1Cor 9:21).

6. When the New Testament draws ethical instruction and example from the Old Testament, it is always qualified by redemptive historical realities (1 Cor. 10:11; Heb. 3:7-4:11; Col. 2:16-17; Acts 10:14-15; 15:10-21; 2 Tim. 3:15).

-Jon Zens, This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!, 90-91.