For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
A long time ago I led a woman's Bible study through the book of Romans. (If anybody knows the company that puts these studies out, please let me know; I'd like to do more but I can't remember the name. It's not a book; it's a series of three hole punched studies that march right through books of the Bible. The complany logo looks like a rising sun behind - if I remember right - a cross)
But right now, I'm going to go off in another direction.
Thirty-three years ago my mom sang a solo in our church's Christmas Cantata. I remember this very clearly because Mom was singing the part of "Mary" and at the time was "heavy with child" - my sister Becky was born in January.
The song was "Have Thine Own Way"
1. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still.
2. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Search me and try me, Savior today!
Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now,
as in thy presence humbly I bow.
3. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me I pray!
Power, all power, surely is thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!
4. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Hold o'er my being absolute sway.
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!
It wasn't until later that I connected the words of this song with anything other than "Mary submitting to God" or "Christians 'rededicating'"