From HebrewRoot: Romans 10:4

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness for everyone who believes.

The word here translated “end” is telos, which means “goal,” not “termination of” (see 6:22).  In some cases this can imply an end, but it is not required by the word, and in this case cannot be Paul’s intent.  Why?  See 3:31—“Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish (istoomen, lit. “hold up” or “uphold”) the law!”  Indeed, as we study chapters 3-8, we see Paul carefully walking a tightrope, stressing on the one hand that salvation is by faith rather than by keeping the Torah (4:1ff), and repeating on the other that this is not a license to sin (6:1, 15), which he holds is still defined by the Torah (7:7).

Indeed, that sin is defined by Torah—or rather, in opposition to the Torah—is shown simply by comparing the words in their original language:  Torah is the noun form of the verb yarah, which literally means “to hit the mark,” and has the connotation of “to teach, to point the way (to hit the mark)”  The best translation of Torah is not therefore “law” (Gr. nomos) but “instruction.”  Conversely, sin (chattah in Hebrew, hamartia in Greek) literally means, “to miss the mark”—the dead opposite of Torah.  This is why the Apostle John writes, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness (anomian), and sin is lawlessness” (anomia, 1 Jn. 3:4).

Is Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ, the goal of the Torah!  Of course!  Did He bring about its end?  Absolutely not!  See Mat. 5:17-19, where He explicitly denies teaching against the Torah.  If He did, He would be a false prophet, not the Messiah King of Israel , by the Torah’s own words (Deu. 12:29-13:5).


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