Christ; the End of the Law
A Sermon on Romans 10:4
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (ESV)
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Romans 10:4 is the charter for all Christians and that it sets us free. In this verse, Paul proclaims that Christ is the fulfillment of the Law for righteousness. What does he mean by this? The Law was not temporary, it is eternal, so God is not doing away with the Law but rather upholding the Law. It is an expression of God’s holy character and what he expects of the human race. So how is Christ the end of the Law? Christ has fulfilled the Law and has done this for all who receive him. He came into the world as a God-man born under the law, living a life of perfect obedience to the Law, and died to satisfy the punishment of the Law. We know that the fulfillment is true because then God raised him from the dead! No one else was able to do this. Christ is the end of the Law for all who believe. The moment a Christian believes in Christ, all that Christ has done for them becomes true of them since they have been united with Christ.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.