Christ And The Law?

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 in New Testament, Romans
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Romans 10:1-4
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

The Jews are marked by religiosity and religious fervour that few others share and it is something that amazes me. Paul testifies of it in the passage above when he refers to them as zealous. However, he states that their zeal for God is not based on knowledge and this is where they are lost. I am certain that to the Jews, we Christians are lost in following Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and this causes the great divide. So, is Christ the undoing of the law as stated above?

For thousands of years, the Jews have been trying to live up to the law and follow its requirements but have faltered and therefore offer sacrifices as atonement for their sins. This is being done in wait of the Messiah who will redeem them and establish them as His own. In Christ, all the requirements of the law were met, in his death the ultimate sacrifice for mankind was made and in his resurrection, the assurance of life eternal for those who believe is confirmed. He is the Messiah for the Jews and Gentiles alike and waits (patiently) for those who believe to come and submit their lives to him and accept his gift of forgiveness and salvation. He is the fulfillment of the law and in Him, there is righteousness for all who believe. Are you still trying to live up to the law or can you see the truth in Jesus?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Comments
  1. Biju says:

    Vineet, I enjoyed the exposition of scripture. Well done! Keep writing.
    Biju

    • ServantBoy says:

      Biju
      It’s an honor for me to have you visit and comment on the site. It’s God’s wisdom at work and thanks to the investment by brothers like you, Daniel Splett and John Folmar that my zeal for the Lord has grown by leaps and bounds.
      Vineet

  2. blesseddad says:

    Vineet, well spoken,
    Many get caught up in legalism still today, and legalism was also the downfall of the Pharisees when Christ walked the earth. We are not saved by our acts, but by the redeeming blood of Christ (Grace). I had a very legalistic upbringing, and one thing that goes with legalism is being judgemantal of those you feel are not following the law. Freedom from legalism and immersion in grace was such a cleansing. Thank you and God Bless.
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim, thank you for the encouragement and the reminder about how we are redeemed by God’s grace. I pray I will not fall into legalism and that my eyes will be focussed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
      Vineet

  3. Christian says:

    Hence, from this arises his stress that Christians are called to be the light of the world by bringing Christ and his goodness to others. Christian

  4. Hi Vineet,

    Yes, zeal without knowledge is very damaging to a person. I am a grace believer…because I have yet to meet one person who is a keeper of the Law who can truly tell me they are happy and satisfied with who they are. But, I am RESTED in the fact that I know my righteousness comes not from my dos or don’t but from the finished works on the Cross. You have to know grace before you can accept the works of grace.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

  5. ServantBoy says:

    Gladwell, you said it right. God’s Grace is what saved us and what keeps us. God’s unmerited favor is grace and I can never comprehend it fully. Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement. God bless you.
    Vineet

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