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Romans 10:4 – Christ the End of the Law

Summary

Observing the law of Moses is no longer the way of salvation.

Analysis

There is a difference in opinion whether the Greek word in this verse (telos) means "end" (in the sense of termination) or "goal." Is Christ the "terminus" of the law (so one need not observe the law), or is he the "goal" of the law (so he fulfills it)? Either translation is possible with the Greek word itself. In either case, Paul declares that observing the law of Moses is not the way to righteousness leading to salvation for any believer in Christ. Christ has replaced the law as a means of salvation. Trust in him, rather than trust in one's ability to keep the law, brings salvation.

Romans 10:4

4For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

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