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Romans 10:4 reads as follows;
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Romans 10:4 ESV
A great number of dear people have currently, and sadly inherited an incorrect interpretation of Romans 10:4 thinking that this verse is trying to communicate that the law of Moses (Torah) has been abolished – however, such is not the case.
The portion of this verse that is often quoted out of context is usually the first part of it – which reads;
‘…Christ is the end of the law…’
(Romans 10:4 ESV)
If isolated and read on it’s own, this ‘…Christ is the end of the law…’ portion will generally not communicate proper context to a person.
Rather, the next words that follow in this verse are essential here for a person to understand what is being communicated – when it says;
‘…Christ is the end of the law for righteousness…’
(Romans 4:10 ESV)
This means that the verse is thus speaking on the matter of how a person is to be declared completely ‘righteous‘ before the Holy G-d; by believing in His risen Son (Christ).
If paraphrased, Romans 4:10 is essentially saying that,
‘all who believe in Christ, are accounted as righteous because of their faith – all of which is a gift from G-d’.
This is confirmed in the Old Testament (Tanakh) – when it says that those who believe will be deemed righteous, and have everlasting life;
‘…the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous…’
(Isaiah 53:11 ESV)
‘…‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’…’
(Isaiah 28:16 ESV)
‘…not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.’
(Philippians 3:9 NIV)
For Those Who Currently Do Not Believe in Christ (Messiah)
Now, If one sadly does not believe in Christ (Messiah), but prefers to rely solely on their good deeds by observing Torah Law to be deemed as a completely righteous person before the Holy G-d; Torah Law, and the rest of the Holy Scriptures say such a person cannot meet the righteous requirement of doing ‘all’ commandments and are thus liable to judgement;
‘…do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous.’
(Psalm 143:2 NASB)
‘…do all his commandments…’
(Deuteronomy 28:1 KJV)
‘…do all his commandments and his statutes…’
(Deuteronomy 28:15 KJV).
‘…do all these commandments;’
(Leviticus 26:14 KJV)
‘…do all my commandments,’
(Leviticus 26:15 KJV)
“Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.”…’
(Deuteronomy 27:27 NIV)
With this, a believer takes comfort in the following Holy verses in that they are no longer under the law, though uphold it diligently – believing that they will receive grace upon being resurrected;
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:18 NIV
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:28, 3:31 ESV
‘…we uphold the Torah.’
(Kehillah in Rome 3:31 OJB),
(Exodus 15:26 KJV).
May the Holy G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Omayn (Amen).