The End of the Law | Octavius Winslow

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

Behold, what an open door this subject sets before the humble, convinced sinner. It encircles the whole future of his being with the covenant bow of hope. Beneath its gorgeous and expanding arch, he is safe. The law is honored now as it never was before and invested with a luster that pales its former glory and causes angels to veil their faces, bringing the utmost glory to the divine government. Do you think, penitent reader, that the Lord will reject the application of a single sinner who humbly asks to be saved? After the Son of God had stooped so low to save the lowest, had suffered so much to save the vilest, will the Father refuse to enfold to His reconciled heart the penitent who flees to its blessed asylum? Never! Approach, then, bowed and broken, weary and burdened spirit. There is hope, forgiveness, acceptance, and rest for you in Jesus. There is a heaven of bliss and glory awaiting you in Jesus, the law’s great fulfiller. Oh, how welcome will the heart of Christ make you! How full and free will be the pardon of God extended to you! How deep and rich the peace, joy, and hope, which, like a river, will roll its gladdening waves into your soul the moment that you receive Christ into your heart! “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). He that “believeth…shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

Saints of God, keep the eye of your faith intently and immovably fixed on Christ, your sole pattern. Our Lord did not keep that law that His people might be lawless. He did not honor that law that they might dishonor its precepts. His obedience provided no license for our disobedience. His fulfillment does not release from the obligation—the sweet and pleasant, yet solemn obligation—to holiness of life. Our faith does not void the law but rather establishes it. The righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us when we walk after the Spirit in lowly conformity to Christ’s example. Was He meek and lowly in heart? Did He bless when cursed? Did He, when reviled, revile not again? Did He walk in secret with God? Did He always seek to do those things which pleased His Father? Did He live a life of faith, prayer, and toil? Then let us imitate Him, that of us it may be said, “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth” (Rev. 14:4).

What richer comfort can flow into the hearts of the godly than that which springs from this truth? The righteousness of the law fulfilled is in us (Rom. 8:4). What wondrous, blessed words! You are often in fear that the righteousness of the law will rise against you. When you consider your many failures and shortcomings, you justly tremble. But fear not, for in Christ the law is perfectly fulfilled and fulfilled in your stead, as much as if you had obeyed in your own person. Is not this a sure ground of comfort? You see the imperfection of your own obedience, and you are alarmed. But have you not an eye also for the perfection of Christ’s obedience, which He has made yours by imputation? “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” because He has fulfilled the law’s righteousness in their behalf (Rom. 8:1). You are cast down because of the law of sin, but the Spirit of life has freed you from the law. You are troubled because of the law of God, but that law, by Christ’s perfect obedience, is fulfilled in you. You desire a righteousness that will present you without spot before God. You have it in Him who is the Lord our Righteousness. Christian, Christ’s whole obedience is yours. What can sin, Satan, conscience, or the law itself allege against you now? Be humble and mourn over the many flaws and failures in your obedience. Yet withal rejoice, glory, and make your boast in the fullness, perfection, and unchangeableness of that righteousness of the incarnate God which will place you without fault before the throne.

Sinner, if the righteousness of the law is not fulfilled in you now, that righteousness will be exhibited in your just condemnation to all eternity! Flee to Christ Jesus, “the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

Octavius Winslow. Morning Thoughts, Dec. 21