Monday, August 17, 2020

“But Romans 10:4 tells us that Christ is the end of the Law!"

No, it doesn't. That is just another gross mistranslation from the Greek!

Here are a couple of examples from the Greek translations:

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (JJV)

Romans 10:4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (NIV)

Here is the same verse in the Aramaic:

Romans 10:4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for 4. For Mashiyach (Messiah) is the goal (see Timothy 1:5) of Torah for righteousness to everyone that believes in him. (AENT)

While telos can mean "end", it is very irresponsible to render it this way due to the flexibility of that term in the receiving language. In English, "end" has two meanings. The first is "termination" which is the majority usage of the word in English.

However, we also have phrases such as "the ends do not justify the means." In this case, the lesser-used meaning is that of "goal", which applies in both Greek and English.

The Apostle Paul clearly refers to the Torah itself as "perfect, righteous and good" (Romans 7:12), so it is very FOOLISH to then think that he turns around and teaches the "termination" of Torah!

Instead, and as Paul clearly teaches in Galatians 3, TORAH IS THE TUTOR that instructs and brings people to Mashiyach. Then, when a person understands and accepts the fact that Y'shua is Mashiyach, he (Mashiyach) becomes Torah's goal.

This is also one of the many meanings behind the cryptic remark in John1, calling Y'shua the "Word (Torah) made flesh." By extreme contrast, the NIV translation of Romans 10:4 is the exact opposite of what the original texts meant!

The Greek versions make it sound like Paul is a train conductor calling out a stop --"End of the Torah! Everyone get off!"

Furthermore, in certain key Renewed Covenant passages, telos can only mean "goal":

Romans 6:22 "But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to Elohim, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the goal (telos) is eternal life."

I Timothy 1:5 "The goal (telos) of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."

"Obtaining as the goal (telos) of your faith the salvation for your souls." 1 Peter 1:9

In Aramaic we find these same verses have the same reading as "goal" with the word saka. Like telos, the context provides the key to realizing the intended meaning. Because Paul continually upholds Torah in every way (Romans 3:31), then "goal" is also very consistent with the rest of his teaching.

(Borrowed, in part, from an appendix in the Aramaic English New Testament)

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