No, Kline had a rather unique view that focused on MERIT from obedience to God's command(s) in the OT. This is the most serious of matters as you can imagine, at least to those who believe that when Adam transgressed the commandment of God to not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he did so as the federal head of the entire human race and received the just punishment of God for his transgression. That punishment applied to ALL of mankind that was to come (Rom 5:12-21; 1Cor 15:21,22). From that day forward, the Covenant of Grace was in effect and as the NT makes very clear, salvation from sin and death is ALL of grace and not of works. Everything that comes from God is benevolence and not due to anything man can do since all that man thinks, feels and does flows from a corrupt and sinful nature. That's why the focal point of the contention is on Kline's "Republication" theory of the Covenant of Works, which he believed was carried over in the OT in some manner.


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