DID YOU KNOW that “the end” does not necessarily mean the cessation of something?
EXAMPLE: Let’s look at three different verses from the Greek text: 1 Peter 1:9, 1 Timothy 1:5. and Romans 10:4.
1 Peter 1:9
(The Literal Translation) ‘. . .obtaining the end of your faith -- the salvation of (your) souls.” Is this saying the cessation of your faith?
1 Timothy 1:5
(The Literal Translation) “. . .but the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience, and faith not pretended.” Is this saying the cessation of the commandment?
(The Literal Translation) “for Christ (is) the end of Law for righteousness to everyone that believes.” Is this saying that the Messiah is the end of the Law (the Torah)?
Of course not! All three are the same Greek word, #5056, which has several meanings, so let’s see if they make more sense by using words from the definition.
1Peter 1:9, “. . .obtaining the GOAL of your faith -- the salvation of (your) souls.”
1 Timothy 1:5, “. . .but the PURPOSE of the commandment is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience, and faith not pretended.”
Romans 10:4, “. . .for Christ (is) the GOAL of Law (the Torah) for righteousness to everyone that believes.”
How is the Messiah the goal of the Torah for righteousness?
First, let’s look at Deuteronomy 6:24-25, “And YHVH commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear YHVH Elohanu for our good forever, to keep us alive, as today. And it shall be righteousness for us when we take heed to do all this commandment before YHVH Elohanu, as He has commanded us.”
Y’hoshua was obedient to every Word of the Torah -- the Word of His Father -- for, as we know, He would have become a sinner if He had broken one single statute, and a sinner could not have redeemed us from our sins.
Therefore, if we have made the decision -- and put into action -- trying to be obedient just as He was obedient, and walking just as He walked, we know that these Words from YHVH can be applied to us: “But we know that (to) the (ones) loving Elohim all things work together for good, (to) those being called according to purpose; because whom He foreknew, He also predestined (to be) conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be (the) First-born among many brothers; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also declared innocent; and whom He declared innocent, these He also glorified.” [Romans 8:28-30]
Our obedience is the way we show outwardly the love and gratitude that is in our hearts: “For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not heavy.” [1 John 5:3]