Is Christ the End-ing of the Law?

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

This is one of, if not the most popular verse to quote as “proof” that the Law of God given through Moses has been ended, stopped, abolished, done away with, and therefore no longer applicable to believers in Jesus.
If it’s true that Paul is claiming here in Romans 10:4 that the Law of God given through Moses has been “put to an end” or “has been done away with”, i.e. abolished in Christ, then the following 9 points are 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 these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter, or stroke of a letter, will pass from the Law until everything takes place. So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” | Matthew 5:17-19; see also Luke 16:17. Heaven and earth are still herecheck outside to verify. Please read ‘Fulfilled or Abolished‘ and ‘It is Finished!.

  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.” | Exodus 31:16-17; See also Exo. 12:14-17, Deut. 5:29, Deut. 29:29. If you are in Christ, then you are grafted into the olive tree, which is 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. Please read ‘Forever Means Forever‘ and ‘Context, Context, Context‘ and ‘Are You Grafted In? Part 1: ‘Not My People’ and Part 4: ‘No Longer Gentile’.

  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) Please read ‘Paul Commands Us to Uphold the Law‘.
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 | 1 Corinthians 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; 1 Cor. 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.” | Ecclesiastes 12:13

  1. Isaiah was a liar:

“…For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” | Isaiah 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.” | Jeremiah 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” | Zechariah 14:16. [Once again, observance of Gods Law in the Messianic Millennial Reign. See also ALL of chapter 14 of Zechariah.] Please read ‘The LORD’s Feasts‘.
Let’s break down Romans 10:4 ~
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 are 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 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 “done away”, “annulled”, “repealed”, “stopped”, “finished”, “terminated”, “put to end” or “abolished” (as mainstream theology teaches) ‘then’ the following verses that use telos in the Greek should also make sense when the word “end” is replaced with “annulled”, “done away”, “terminated”, “repealed”, “stopped”, 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 stopped(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 stopped(end) everlasting life.
  • 1Timothy 1:5 Now the annulled (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 done away(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

Obviously, this is not the meaning/definition of the word ‘telos/end’. So, if what we have been taught for so many years has been wrong, what is the real meaning that Paul is trying to convey by using this word ‘telos’?
According to Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s Greek Lexicon G5056 Τέλος/Telos is a noun from the primary root 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 English 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”.
To reiterate, the noun telos” belongs to the Genitive Case noun “law”, not to “Christ”, which is how almost 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” or “put to an end” 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 did not use those words; he used “telos” which means the goal or the point aimed at.
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!
Mainstream theology 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’. The Greek clearly states nothing of the sort; Paul has been twisted and distorted as Peter warned us, 2 Peter 3:15-17.
Paul said we are to imitate him as he imitated 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 5:6 Blessed 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 (being set-apart).

The Scriptures right here state that our goal should be to walk in righteousness before God and not in lawlessness. Our Master 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 justified, to be righteous. Or as Paul so eloquently stated, we are to “present our members as slaves to righteousness”, which he says leads to our sanctification, our holiness, our being set-apart.
What does the text say?

Romans 10:4 The ‘goal/purpose’ 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 purpose/goal of the Law is to lead us to Jesus the Master, and to walk as Jesus walked into righteousness“; Again, not to be justified, to be righteous.
Please, please read ‘Justification vs. Righteousness‘ to understand the difference between the two.
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

  • For further study of Paul’s teachings, as well as the original Greek, please see the blog posts at the bottom of this page. Be a Berean, and test Paul’s doctrines to the “Scriptures”. Please ‘share’ this study. Thank you for your time!

“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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