Romans 10:4 tells us, “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth."
This Bible verse is in no way telling us that the law is no longer applicable and that we do not have to keep the righteousness of the law anymore; but it is instead telling us about a change made to the law after Jesus came and died for the world.
Romans 8:3 tells us, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”
The law did not have the ability nor the power to condemn sin in the flesh, so Jesus was sent by God to achieve this for mankind. In other words the law had a flaw, which Jesus was sent to perfect, and when you perfect something you do not get rid of it, you make it better.
REASON FOR THIS CHANGE TO THE LAW
Romans 8:4 tells us the reason why this change was made to the law, was so “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Those who walk after the Spirit keep God’s commandments and thereby fulfil the righteousness of the law. This is not something magical. This is something that people who submit to the righteousness of God do or believers do.
When Christ came, the Jewish people, according to Romans 10:3, were “ignorant of God’s righteousness” and went about trying to establish their own righteousness through the law without Christ. They were trying to be saved by keeping the righteousness of the law without believing in Christ.
You see nothing is wrong with keeping the righteousness of the law when we are in Christ. God expects us to do it. It is not self-righteousness.
Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
At some point in time (after Adam’s sin), God came to the conclusion that all had sinned, both Jews and Gentiles, and were in need of a Saviour so; He sent his only begotten son Jesus to save the world from their sins, and do what the law could not do.
Christ changed the way Jews were saved and it was no longer by the works of the law and the blood of animals; but by faith and the blood of Jesus, that it might be by grace (Ro 4:16).
In other words they now had to believe that Jesus was the Son of God, and when they believed, their sins were forgiven and replaced with the righteousness of God, and they were justified by faith.
Romans 9,10 tells us how both Jews and Gentiles now become justified or saved.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
After both Jews and Gentiles become justified by faith and through faith Romans 3:31 tells us that the law is not made void but it is established.
What does it mean when something is established? It becomes recognized and accepted as rules for all Christians to live by.
Justification by faith in Christ makes the law of righteousness accepted and not rejected, under grace.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God…
By Evangelist K. Michael
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will like to inherit eternal life. I would like to invite you to pray this simple prayer with me right now.
Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Thank you for forgiving me. Please come into my life and save me. I confess you as my Lord and Savior and believe in my heart that God has raised you from the dead, Amen.
I wish you congratulations, and would like to advise to ask God to lead you to a church that teaches truth. To get baptized and receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. May the Lord richly bless you and keep you, Amen.