Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Romans 10:4

This verse follows from the prior section; many, if not most scholars will place it in that section as a conclusion, and they wouldn’t be wrong to do so. However it also marks a topical change, for what follows in 10:5-13 are verses that support the assertion of this verse, so I see it as a beginning and not a concluding point. The larger view of the passage indicates that Paul is building his supporting points into a larger conclusion, which is very persuasive argumentation.

In support of Paul’s statement in verse 4, he offers verses 5-13:

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in…

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