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Question: Is Jesus the “end” of the Law?

Answer: Completion, Yes, Termination, No.

To better understand: People are confusing the laws found in ordinances with the Law of the Ten Commandments.

The laws found in Ordinances are the “laws” Jesus is the “end” of... Only these were nailed to the cross of Christ, says the Apostle Paul. (Ephesians 2:15 & Colossians 2:14.)

The Law of the Ten Commandments stand forever! (Luke 16:17; Exodus & Leviticus)

Romans 10:4.

“Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4.)

The Complete Jewish Bible ~ Romans 10:4.

For the goal at which the Torah (Law) aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts.

“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall Do and Teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 5:19.)

but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the Commandments.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 19:17.)

Jesus said, in Matthew 5:17, “I am come Not to Destroy the Law or the prophets. I am come Not to destroy, but to fulfill.”

Therefore, the interpretation that Jesus is the “end” or “termination” of the Law is in error, for these verses can not contradict one another. Rather, Jesus is the Fulfillment, Completion, Purpose (“end”) of the Law, or “goal at which the Law aims”.

In Strong’s Concordance, “end” refers to a “result [immed., ultimate or prophetic], purpose” - “end”. We know it can Not be “termination”, unless we make Jesus a liar. For instance, in another place, Jesus said, “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the Torah (Law) to become void. (Luke 16:17 CJB ). The Bible shows us that the Law stands forever, and even saying that the Holy Days shall be kept forever (Exodus & Leviticus). Doesn’t forever mean forever?! Is not the Word of God true forever, as Jesus said again in John 10:35? Did not Paul also say, Only those “laws”, Found in Ordinances, were nailed to the cross of Christ’ (Ephesians 2:15 & Colossians 2:14)?

Not all words, in the English translations of the Bible, mean what we as Americans would take them to mean, nor are they always the correct translation of the original Hebrew and Greek. If this wasn’t the case, all English Bibles would be identical. We must look deeper, and read these verses within the context of the Whole Bible, comparing them with all similar and related verses for better understanding, knowing first, that which Jesus, Himself, said is true forever, for He is the Word. And from that premise, we must seek to understand the verses discussed, interpreting them within the context of the Whole New Testament and even the Whole of the Bible, including the Old Testament, comparing them with other versions and also using the Hebrew and Greek dictionaries found in many Concordances.

We must not take verses out of context, to make them fit with church doctrine or our preconceived notions of what we personally think the Word should be. Segregation of the Word is perverse and will lead us into more ungodliness... ”First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own; for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing - on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) spoke a message from God.” (2 Peter 1:20-21 CJB. )

Jesus fulfills, upholds, establishes and magnifies the Law in Himself, even giving us the power by His own Spirit to keep the Law, if we would just obey and follow His example... Yea, He has even shown us the key to keeping the Law: “To love the Lord our God with all our heart, and mind, and with all our strength” (this fulfills Commandments 1-4); and “to love our neighbor as ourself“ (this fulfills Commandments 5-10). For if we do this, obedience becomes effortless, because we do it not to gain salvation (we are saved by grace, through trust, by Jesus’ blood). Rather, we obey because God has asked us to... because the Law is holy and for our benefit.

We keep the Law, because of our love for the Father and because of our love for the Son, even to the writing of it upon our hearts. How can the Law be written on our hearts, if we continually stifle the Spirit, and cease not from finding ways to justify our disobedience... ”If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10).

Simply repent, confess your wrong-doings against God and man, and “go and sin No More” (John 8:11). For our forgiveness is assured. Do Not betray that forgiveness and sacrifice, by justifying sin and crucifying the Lord of Glory over and over in your hearts. (Hebrews 6:6).

Whoever sins is guilty of breaking God’s Law, because sin is a breaking of the Law. You know that Christ appeared in order to take away sins, and that there is no sin in Him. So everyone who lives in union with Christ does not continue to sin; but whoever continues to sin has never seen Him or known Him. (1 John 3:4.)

Do we then make void the Law through faith? God forbid. Yea, we establish the Law. (Romans 3:31.)

Therefore the Law is holy, and the Commandment holy and just and good. (Romans 7:12.)

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:3-6.)

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:2-3.)

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Comment from: Pam [Visitor]
Are the Feasts ordinances or commandments? Aren't commandments the moral law and ordinances that which covers religious practice? Some say that the Sabbath is an ordinance and not the moral law.

Permalink 01/15/08 @ 18:57
Comment from: Pam [Visitor]
If you aren't supposed to talk about it, that's okay.

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Comment from: Judah [Visitor] ·
I think where most Christians get confused is the "not under the Law" stuff that Paul says to the Romans and Galatians.

Paul describes in both books that sinning is the transgression of the Law. He says, "For I would not have known that coveting was a sin had it not been for the succinct commandment, 'You shall not covet.'"

1 John repeats this clearly, saying plainly in 3:4, "Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness."

Now that we know that breaking God's law defines sin, let's look at Paul one more time,

"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!"

Whoa - did you guys catch this? Paul says that even though we are not under the law, we do not have license to break it.

The question becomes, then, what does it mean to be "not under the law"? Many people think this means "we don't have to follow it." But Paul states clearly that this is not the case.
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