Here are some key verses about the law and how it has ended through Christ. Many Christians are still bound by the law, and have not embraced the liberty in Christ. The law will only bring condemnation, and it is only through Christ and what He has done for you, that you may be saved.
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matt 5:18
The law couldn't pass away until everything was fulfilled. And it has been.
It was all fulfilled by Christ Jesus.
"In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." Hebrews 8:13
Christ established a new, Spiritual covenant with us. The covenant which was the law is now passed away. It is old, expired and outdated. We have the new covenant now which is to walk in the Spirit, not by the law of the letter.
"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4
Christ is the fulfillment of the law. He is the completed and perfected work of the law. Now that we live in Him, and He lives in us, we also receive the fulfillment thereof.
"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." Galatians 4:4,5
This was His purpose. Christ was under the law, walked in it perfectly, fulfilled all things, and now in Him, we are redeemed from the law.
"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree" Gal 3:3
And it is His completed work. Let us rest in His completed work and not stay in bondage! Christ has paid the price and set you free!
"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." Luke 16:16
This is interesting. The law was to bring forth a need for a Saviour. The prophets all testified of a Saviour. This occurred all the way up until John. John's purpose was to announce the Messiah before the world, and then God allowed him to be killed. I believe this could possibly be because his purpose as a prophet was over, because it was now the time of Christ.
Remember the story when Peter and John saw a vision of Jesus transfigured before Elijah and Moses? This was also symbolic for Christ standing before the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah). Peter wanted to honor all three equally by building three tabernacles for them. God's voice came out of heaven and rebuked Peter by saying "this is my Son, hear HIM!" Christ was not to be made equal with the law and the prophets. It was now His time.
Many people that I have shared this with become offended and say that we need the law as a moral guideline. They say that without the law, people would go on a sinning frenzy. The new covenant that Christ established is Spiritual. He gave us His Spirit to guide us, to instruct us, and to teach us. If we are truly saved, and if His Spirit is truly within us, then our fruits will become evident. We will not go on a sinning frenzy because He lives in us. God directly works in us and forms us in His image. Our steps no longer become our own, but His because we have truly been born again in the Spirit.
If a Christian decides to keep the law, and let their works become their righteousness, then they will be condemned by God. In the Bible, it says that no flesh will be justified by the law and the law has concluded ALL guilty (Rom 3:19,20, 28, Gal 2:16, Gal 3:11, Gal 5:4). It is not by works that we are saved, but it is by faith. The law is carnal, and those who do not have faith, and are unable to trust Christ alone for their salvation will try to earn their own way into heaven. God requires your faith in His Son, and what He has done for you. This is also the only way.