Romans 10:4 – ‘…Christ is the end of the Law…’, Explained.

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Brief Summary

Showing how Romans 10:4 is communicating that superior righteousness from G-d is received by believing in Christ (Messiah), and that this ultimately means everlasting life without end.

A believer upholds/observes the law of Moses with this faith which allows for said righteousness that is accounted to them from above.

Previously, men would typically rely on their own hand and deeds to be accounted [relatively] righteous e.g. from the time of receiving the Torah from Moses onward – however, this was procedural, deeds based righteousness – not righteousness received by faith.

Further, after Moses, Isaiah prophesied and penned the statute which means everlasting life (Isaiah 28:16).

It is in the New Covenant that a believer will be accounted completely righteous by believing in Messiah (Christ);

‘…whoever believes…
I will make… righteousness the plumb line…’
(Isaiah 28:16-17 NIV)

Begin

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 how a believer is declared completely ‘righteous‘ before the Holy G-d; by believing in His risen Son (Christ); accounted righteous by faith.

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)

Hence,

‘…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)

and with regards to the righteousness that comes from G-d, it says that it is forever;

‘…My righteousness will be forever, And My salvation to all generations.”…’
(Isaiah 51:8 NASB2000)

For Those Who Currently Do Not Believe in Christ (Messiah)

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 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 as per Torah Law, they are thus liable to judgement and curses (Lev 26, Deuteronomy 28).

This enevitably means a person will perish (John 3:16);

‘…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)

Sadly, fallen man simply cannot observe all of Torah Law here without sinning (ref. Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV, Ezekiel 20:25), and thus saving grace is required, by believing in Christ (Messiah) (ref. Isaiah 28:16).

For Believers

With this, a believer takes comfort in the following Holy verses, because a believer is no longer under the law and the enevitable curses which speak of perishing – rather, they uphold it diligently – believing that they will receive grace upon being resurrected, from the King Messiah (Christ) (ref. Acts 15:11);

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),

‘…diligently…’
(Exodus 15:26 KJV).

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Acts 15:11 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).

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