Romans 10: 4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”NASB
This verse is the end of a paragraph but we can still glean the truth from it. It speaks to what you believe, or better where you place your faith. Christ the end; in Pauline epistles when Christ is used we have to understand that the Holy Spirit through Paul is referring to the Life, Death, & Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Consequently, in the same such epistles the phrase in Christ, by Christ, or through Christ refers to Christ’s Atoning work on Calvary’s Cross. In order to be found righteous or just by God one has to have lived up to the Letter of the Law from birth to the other end of eternity w/out one infraction; in thought or deed. Simply put, you have to be sinless and perfect according to the Righteousness of the LORD God. Now who among us can boost such a life?
The Lord Jesus is the only One born that could have done this because He was born w/out a Sin Nature even though He did have the ability to sin, He did not. The one thing we have to understand is the LORD never placed a power source inside the Law; ceremonial, sacrificial, or moral, to get us do it or to make us righteous. The only thing the law can do is point out a violation of it. The Law says ‘Don’t lie.’, but we still do whether by mistake or on purpose. But the Lord never lied once in the 33 and half years He lived among us. Another meaning for telos is met and completed; in the Greek telos carries the meaning that someone came to the end of task and completed it i.e. a job well done. And Voice from Heaven said, “This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased.”
The Lord’s atoning work on Calvary shows how He met and completed His Work as the spotless unblemished Lamb of God per the sacrificial system mapped out in Leviticus. The Holy Spirit through Paul’s pen is speaking to Israel in Romans 9, 10, & 11. The entire body of legislation giving to Moses by the LORD God at Mt. Sinai point directly at the Lord Jesus Christ, He fulfilled the Law totally and completely.
Now as for the last four words; … to everyone that believes. Do we believe that Christ Jesus met every point of the Law, in its totality? Do we think that we have to do something or that there is one thing that He didn’t met and or complete? The Lord of host said it first in Habakkuk 2: 4, ‘Behold the proud, he soul is not upright in him; but the just shall by his faith.’ The Apostle Paul repeated it twice and it’s in Hebrews so there has to be some weight to it; FAITH. Simple child- like faith that Christ is Lord of your life and Saviour of your soul because of what He did at that old rugged cross. Is He your Righteousness or is there yet something you have to do to please a thrice Holy God? GOD either sees you in the Law or in Christ; just take one.