Rom.10:1-4 – Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
This passage describes the radical difference between Christianity and every other religion in the world including Judaism. If you are honest with the facts, every religion ultimately glorifies man and not God. In the precepts and teaching of all other religions a moral code of conduct and rules to abide by are instituted. Someone who is assumed to follow the guidelines successfully is deemed worthy to advance into the kingdom. Christianity is the opposite. It starts with the premise that the law of Moses was given to show our inability to live a life that merited an eternal reward. No matter how sincere we may appear all of us fall miserably short of the righteousness of God by our own efforts. Christ became a sinless man and became the only man to live a sinless life. Believing in His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection from the dead brings us into the righteousness of God that can only be received by faith. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this.
“The purpose of the law was to lead people to Christ. The use of the law was to direct people so that they would find righteousness in Christ. Christ is the end of the ceremonial law, because he is its perfection. Christ is the end of the moral law in that he did what the law could not do. The aim of the law was to bring people to perfect obedience, and so to obtain for them justification. The law is not destroyed, but because full atonement has been made by the death of Christ for our disobedience to the law, the end has been reached, and now he justifies in another way. Christ is thus the end of the law, but only to every one that believes.
So this is why Paul said that Jesus is the end or termination of the law, believing in Christ ushers us into the kingdom of God. Salvation comes when you see the righteousness of Christ and the sinfulness of our own life and we recognize His death as the payment of our sin. Believing in His death and resurrection brings us into the righteousness of God received by faith. My righteousness is not based on my record but on His. His goodness and righteousness has been credited to my account.