Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega
Jesus is the beginning and the end in terms of the relationship between God and man. Namely, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4; KJV) or as another translation puts it: “For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.” (NLT) With Jesus came the end of the Old Covenant and the beginning of the New Covenant.
Are Christians under the Old Covenant?
Through the laws in the Old Covenant, no one could then or can now achieve righteousness before God because no one can fully obey all commandments (and it’s not just the 10 big ones, there are more than 600 commandments). We need the New Covenant, which is no longer about our performance, but about what Jesus did for us.
“… Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.” (Hebrews 7:22; NIV)
Unfortunately, there are far too many “Christians” who still put themselves under the Old Covenant and the associated curse – which means hell for all eternity. “For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.” (Galatians 5:4; NLT)