Purpose of the Law since Christ

Paul says in Romans 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.”  Since Christ has come, have the laws of Moses come to an end and considered useless?  On the other hand, Jesus and Paul speak of the law in very good terms. They even quote from the Laws of Moses. Some Christians also hold that the Laws of Moses are still today’s rule of life for the Christian.

So what is the law good for then if it is now abolished since the coming of Christ?  What aspects of the law are to remain, and what are to be abolished?  Does not following the law mean that we give license to sin and lawlessness?

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Author: Kevin S.

A follower of Jesus, a husband and a father. Hobbies include biking, keeping fish if they don't die on me, blogging when I can, theologizing and ministry, and pondering about world affairs.

2 thoughts on “Purpose of the Law since Christ”

  1. Isn’t the, very difficult to follow, law of Moses wrapped up in the sayings of Jesus? Love the Lord thy God with your whole heart, mind , soul and love your neighbor as yourself [your neighbor being your family as well as any person you meet-not necessarily right next door as someone once claimed it to be].
    If so, then the law as a tool to receive salvation is abolished, but the law as a way to live is simplified. Trying to love your neighbor is often a real work of love because our fallen nature is selfish.
    I believe these 2 sayings eliminate condoning license or lawlessness.

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  2. Amen to the laws being abolished through Jesus’ greatest commandment to love thy neighbor. Some people mistake the abolishment of laws as a license to sin. Paul say that the laws are good and holy because the laws of Moses are still useful as a mirror to show us our sin, as Luther says, and as a guide to direct us. If there were no laws, we wouldn’t have a good sense of what is right and wrong.

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