Christ is the end of the Law

The teaching and ministry of Jesus show clearly that he knew he was, “the end (telos) of the law…” (Ro 10:4). 

Although Jesus was “born under the law” (Gal.4:4) and “fulfilled all righteousness” (Matt.3:15), he wrapped up the era of biblical history where the law regulated the covenant relationship of the people of God. 

Jesus is the new locus of authority for God’s people. He established for us what is pleasing to God. We are called to obey everything Jesus commanded (Matt. 28:18-20).

“The law was only a shadow of the good things to come — not the very image…” (Heb. 10:1). The earthly priesthood, temple, and sacrifices were “a copy and shadow of the heavenly things” (Heb. 8). Everything comes to full and final meaning in Christ — “For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes…” (2 Cor. 1:20).

Jesus taught an anticipatory-fulfillment view of the Old Testament. It points toward, looking to, and anticipating fulfillment in himself — in the Christ event. In the present age, we look to and through Jesus for our understanding and application of the Old Testament.

A brief run of New Testament clarifications

  • “Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law” (Romans 3:31). 
  • “The Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor” (Galatians 3:24-25). 
  • “You are not under the Law but under grace” (Romans 6:14). 
  • “Christ is the end of the Law” (Romans 10:4). 
  • “When there is a change in the priesthood, there must also be a change in the Law” (Hebrews 7:12). 
  • “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the law through the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4). 
  • “Those who are led by the spirit are not under the law” (Galatians 5:18). 
  • “For the Law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2).

The OT days are summarized as times when God, “let all nations go their own way” (Acts 14:15); times “when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past ” (Romans 3:25-26); when He “endured with much patience vessels of wrath” (Romans 9:22-23), and “overlooked such ignorance” (Acts 17:30-31).

Steve Cornell

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