Is Christ the Ending of the Law?

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

This is one of, if not the most popular verse to quote as “proof” that the Law of God given through Moses has been stopped, abolished, done away with, and therefore no longer applicable to believers in Jesus.

If it’s true that Paul is claiming the Law of God given through Moses has been “put to an end” or “has been done away with”, i.e. abolished in Christ, here in Romans 10:4 then the following is also true:

  1. Jesus, the Son of God, is a liar:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-19; see also Luke 16:17 [Heaven and earth are still here…]

  1. God the Father is a liar:

“Therefore, the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.” Exo. 31:16-17; See also Exo. 12:14-17 Deut. 5:29; Deut. 29:29. If you are in Christ you are grafted into the olive tree, the commonwealth of Israel. You are now a citizen of Israel and no longer a “gentile”; “gentile” means “of the nations”; Romans 11:17-24; Ephesians 2:11-12; Jeremiah 11:16

  1. PAUL was a liar and a hypocrite:

“For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be righteous.” Romans 2:13 (Future Tense in the Greek)

“Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” Romans 3:31 (Present Tense in the Greek)

So, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” Romans 7:12

“For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,” Romans 7:22 (Present Tense in the Greek)

Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses… 1Cor. 9:8-9 (Perfect Tense in the Greek) see also Acts 21:20-26, 23:5; Romans 2:17-18,27, 3:1-2, 6:16,19, 7:7,14,16,22 8:7-8, 15:4; 1Cor. 5:7-8, 7:19, 9:8-9, 9:13, 9:21, 10:11, 10:18, 11:1; Gal. 3:15, 3:21; Col. 2:16; 1 Tim. 1:7-11, 5:18-20, 6:3; 2 Tim. 3:16; Titus 2:11-14

  1. David was a liar:

“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” Psalm 119:160

  1. Solomon was a liar:

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of mankind.” Ecc. 12:13

  1. Isaiah was a liar:

“…For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Isa. 2:3b; see Isaiah 2:2-5 This is the Law of God given through Moses being taught in the Messianic Millennial reign to all of the nations.

  1. Jeremiah was a liar:

“the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.” Jer. 33:18; see Jer. 33:14-26 – these Levitical prophecies take place during the Messiah’s Millennial Reign.

  1. Ezekiel was a liar:

“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. Ezekiel 37-24; see Ezekiel 37:21-28 – Again, this is Mosaic Law observance in the Messianic Millennial Reign. See also Ezekiel 40:38 – 46:14 for more Millennial Reign observances of the Law of Moses.

  1. Zechariah was a liar:

“Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths” Zech. 14:16; And again, observance of Gods Law in the Messianic Millennial Reign. See also ALL of chapter 14 of Zechariah.

Let’s break down the Romans 10:4 verse:

Here is what we are forced to read in almost every single English translation ~

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. {ESV}

What does the Greek text say?

Romans 10:4 τέλος γὰρ νόμου Χριστὸς εἰς δικαιοσύνην παντὶ τῷ πιστεύοντι {TR}

The following is the Strong’s number with the corresponding transliteration, Greek word, English word, and Parsing:

G5056 G1063   G3551  G5547     G1519 G1343            G3956 G3588    G4100

telos    gar        nomou  Christos eis      dikaiosynēn   panti               pisteuonti

Τέλος  γὰρ        νόμου   Χριστὸς  εἰς      δικαιοσύνην   παντὶ      τῷ            πιστεύοντι

end   therefore of law  Christ     into    righteousness  to all  the           faithful

N-NNS Conj     N-GMS N-NMS  Prep   N-AFS         Adj-DMS Art-DMS V-PPA-DMS

“Telos” in this verse does not belong to “Christos”, it belongs to “Nomou” which is in the Genitive Case. Telos is a noun not a verb, and therefore, it should read “the end therefore law is Christ into righteousness to all the faithful (or “all who are believing”).

‘If’ telos/τέλος means “annulled”, “repealed”, “stopped”, “finished”, “terminated”, “put to end” or “abolished” ‘then’ the following verses that use telos in the Greek should also make sense when the word “end” is replaced with “annulled”, “terminated”, “repealed”, or “abolished”.

  • Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the abolished (end) shall be saved.
  • Luke 22:37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have terminated(end).
  • John 13:1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the repealed (end).
  • Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the annulled(end) everlasting life.
  • 1Timothy 1:5 Now the termination(end) of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
  • 1Peter 1:9 Receiving the termination(end) of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
  • Revelations 2:26 And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the annulled(end) to him will I give power over the nations:
  • Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the abolished(end), the first and the last

According to Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s Greek Lexicon Τέλος/Telos (Strong’s G5056) is a noun from the primary verb τέλλω/tello (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly, the point aimed at as a limit.

Telos does not mean abolished or done away with or made void or ‘to put an end to’. The word “end”, which is deceptively translated so many times for Τέλος/telos, is the end product or end result“; i.e. the final condition, the final determination, the final purpose, the intended objective, or the ultimate goal.

Telos/τέλος in the English language is likened to the “end zone” of a football field. The “end zone is the final purpose or the intended objective of the offense. It is the ultimate goal to reach this area of the field, hence the name of the line that has to be crossed in order to reach it, “the goal line”.

So, to reiterate, the noun telos” belongs to the Genitive Case noun “lawnot to “Christ” in this verse, as just about every translation mistakenly presents it. Iftelos” belonged to “Christ” (which it does not) Christ would have been in the Genitive Case (which it is not), and if the word “end” meant done away or abolished (which it does not) it would have been a verb (which it is not).

If Paul had wanted to say “abolish” he would have used the Greek word Strong’s G2647 καταλῦσαι/katalysai which is a verb and actually does mean to abolish, destroy, demolish, overthrow, throw down, annul, discard, subvert, etc. Or he could have used Strong’s G622 ἀπόλλυμι/apolesai which is also a verb and actually does means to cancel out, permanently destroy, put an end to, put out of the way entirely, abolish, blot out, vanish away, to perish, etc.

But Paul didn’t use those words.

As listed above the Greek clearly renders the verse “telos gar nomou Christos eis dikaiosynen panti to pisteuonti” = “The goal truly of the Law is Christ into righteousness for all who are believing/faithful”.

There are 132 versus in the Septuagint (the Old Testament in Greek; referenced below) that have the word “Telos” in it, and every single one of them are translated from Hebrew words that mean one or more of the following: whole, sound, perfect, completely, truth, truly, perfection, accomplished, the sum, to complete or perfect, a goal, an objective, continual, perpetual, splendor, always, all, every one, everything, altogether, uttermost part, furthermost edge or corner, to enumerate, an assessment. None of these Hebrew words mean “abolished” or “made void” or “put an end to” or “destroyed” or “done away with” or “repealed” or “terminated”, not one!

The mainstream Christian church is either willfully or ignorantly preaching a false doctrine when it teaches that Romans 10:4 “proves” that the Law of God given through Moses has been abolished and “put to an end” when the Greek clearly states nothing of the sort. Paul has been twisted and distorted.

Paul says we are to imitate him as he imitates Jesus ~

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Jesus is our example also, and he showed us how to walk righteously before God. God’s Instructions for mankind, His Laws, are His defined righteous way of living ~

Deuteronomy 6:25 And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.’

Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Matthew 5:6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Romans 6:19 For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

The Scriptures right here state that our goal should be to walk in righteousness before God and not in lawlessness. Jesus walked righteously before God by obeying all the commands of the Law. Our goal should be to strive to do the same as our master, for righteousness sake. Not to be justifieded, to be righteous. Or as Paul so eloquently said, to present our “members as slaves to righteousness”, which he says leads to our sanctification, or holiness.

What does the text say?

Romans 10:4 The goal therefore of the Law is Christ into righteousness for all those believing.

And now Romans 2:13 makes more sense ~

Romans 2:13 For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be righteous.

The Law of God shows mankind how to walk in His “right ways”; i.e. righteousness. Paul says our goal is to walk in righteousness before our God; and Jesus, the Righteous One, is that goal personified. The goal of the Law is to walk as Jesus walked.

Final thought: Since Romans 10:4 has been distorted and misrepresented to us, I wonder how many other words of Paul have been “hard to understand” and “twisted to our own destruction”… see 2 Peter 3:16

“Telos” in the Septuagint: Genesis 46:4(H5927 עלה‛âlâh); Leviticus 27:23 (H4373 מכסה miksâh); Numbers 17:13(H8552 תּמם tâmam)*; 31:28(H4371 מֶכֶס mekes), 31:37-41 (H4371 מֶכֶס mekes)x5; Deuteronomy 31:24 (H8552 תּמם tâmam), 31:30 (H8552 תּמם tâmam); Joshua 3:16 (H8552 תּמם tâmam); 8:24(H8552 תּמם tâmam); 10:13(H8549 תָּמִים tâmı̂ym, 10:20 (H8552 תּמם tâmam); Judges 11:39 (H7093 קץ :qêts); 2 Samuel 15:7(H7093 קץ qêts); 24:8 (H7097 קצה qêtseh)2 Kings 8:3 (H7093 קץ qêts); 18:10 (H7093 קץ qêts); 19:23 (H3411 ירכה H3411); 1 Chronicles 28:9 (H5703 עַד ‛ad); 29:19 ( H3605 כּוֹל kol ); 2 Chronicles 12:12 (H3617 כָּלָה kâlâh); 18:2( H7093 קץ qêts) ; 31:1 (H3605 כּוֹל kol ); Nehemiah 13:6 ( H7093 קץ qêts); Esther 3:13; 10:1 (H4522 מס mas ); Job 6:9 (H5425 נָתַר nâthar); 14:20 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 20:7 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach), 28 (H5064 נָגַר nawgar’); 23:3 ( H8499 תְּכוּנָה tekûnâh), 7 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach) ; Psalm 4:1 (H5329 נָצַח nâtsach) ; 5:1; 6:1; 8:1; 9:1; 11:1; 12:1; 13:1; 14:1; 18:1; 19:1; 20:1; 21:1; 22:1; 30:1; 31:1; 36:1; 39:1; 40:1; 41:1; 42:1; 44:1; 45:1; 46:1; 47:1; 49:1; 51:1; 52:1, 5; 53:1; 54:1; 55:1; 56:1; 57:1; 58:1; 59:1; 60:1; 61:1; 62:1; 64:1; 65:1; 66:1; 67:1; 68:1, 16; 69:1; 70:1; 74:1; 75:1; 76:1; 77:1; 80:1; 81:1; 84:1; 85:1; 88:1; 109:1; 139:1; 140:1;{All of these are (H5329 נָצַח nâtsach)} Psalm 9:6 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 18 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 10:11 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 16:11 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 18:35 (H5582 סָעַד sâ‛ad) ; 38:6 (H3605 כּוֹל kol ); 44:23(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 49:9 (H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 74:3(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach), 10(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach), 19(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach) ; 77:8(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 79:5(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 89:46(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach); 103:9(H5331 נֶצַח nêtsach) Ecclesiastes 3:11 (H5490 סוֹף sôph); 7:2 (H5490 סוֹף sôph); 12:13 (H5490 סוֹף sôph)* Isaiah 19:15(H100 אגמון agmôn) ; 62:6(H8548 תּמיד tâmı̂yd); Ezekiel 15:4 (H7098 קָצָה qâtsâh) ; 20:40(H3605 כּוֹל kol); 22:30(added in front of the Greek word destroy to emphasize “utterly” ; 36:10(H3605 כּוֹל kol);Daniel 1:15 (H7117 קְצָת qetsâth), 18(H7117 קְצָת qetsâth); 2:34(added to emphasize “completely”); 3:19(H5922 על ‛al); 4:34(H7118 קצת Aramaic qetsâth); 6:26(H5491 סוף Aramaic sôph); 7:26(H5491 סוף Aramaic sôph); 9:26(H7093 קץ qêts); 11:13(H7093 קץ qêts); Amos 9:8 (H8045 repeated) as in completely or utterly; Habakkuk 1:4 (H5331 נצח netsach)

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