Paul says to the believers in Rome:

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

If you are a believer then Christ ended the Law. If you are still attempting to keep the Law then you aren't a believer. 


The Response

This is another unfortunate example of bias in translation.  While not entirely incorrect, it leaves the reader with the impression that the Law has been ended by Messiah.

A more accurate translation might be this:

For Christ is the outcome of the law for righteousness to everyone who is believing [believing is in a present-active tense].


Christ's sinless life is the outcome (the result) of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

The Greek word of this verse that is mistranslated is τέλος [telos] which means "the end" in the sense of culmination, pinnacle, or outcome.  For example, the exact same word is used in Matthew chapter 26:

Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers to see the outcome [telos].(Matthew 26:57-58)


Anyone who claims that Messiah ended the Law must face the words of the Master, Himself:

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  (Matthew 5:17)


And for anyone who thinks that Messiah fulfilled the Law therefore we don't have to obey it have to must contend with His next sentence:

For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  (Matthew 5:18)


The last time we checked, the heaven and earth are still present, have not passed away, and therefore the smallest letter or stroke have not passed from the Law.

There may be some who might agree fully: "Certainly the entire Law is intact and in force".  And yet they go on to claim, "But the Law was given to the Jews.  I am not a Jew and therefore not a part of that covenant so those Laws do not apply to me."  You can find our response to that objection in the article the Law was given to the Jews.

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Scripture says...


Objection overruled.

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