The End

  This magnificent word "end" is used in at least two senses in Scripture. In the Greek language these sense are noted by different words. But "end" has been used in the English to translate several Greek words. Often the word "end" carries the idea of termination and cessation or, a second dominant meaning,  that of the goal, the aim, purpose and intent of something. It is important we consider the context of its use.

  We read of the end of the world and that speaks of its ceasing to be (Matt. 24:3). But we also read that the goal of our faith is salvation (1 Peter 1:9). John used different words to express the completion of the supper (John 13:2), "And the supper being ended...) but also the intent of the coming of Christ (John 18:37), "To this end was I born..."

   Both ideas are relevant to the Law of Moses. Christ was the goal of the Law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:24). His death on the cross ended, terminated, its authority (Colossians 2:14).