What was Paul’s attitude toward the Torah?
As an observant Jew, what was Rav Shaul’s attitude to the Torah? Please look these texts up and mark them in your own Bible, so you never ever forget them. This way you can memorise them and use them against pastor, preacher, or rabbi who mocks the apostle Paul — in whose footsteps I decidedly walk.
Romans 7.12 “The Torah is holy. That is, the commandment is holy, righteous and good.”
Romans 7.14 “The Torah is spiritual.”
Romans 7.16 “The Torah is good.”
Romans 7.22 “I delight in God’s Torah.”
Romans 7.25 “I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s Torah.”
Romans 2.12,13 “It is not those who hear the Torah who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the Torah who will be declared righteous.”
Romans 3.31 “Does it follow that we abolish Torah by our trusting? Heaven forbid! On the contrary we confirm [uphold, establish] Torah.”
Romans 7.7 “What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? Absolutely not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the Torah.”
Romans 10.5 “Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the Torah. ‘The man who does these things will live by them.’ “
Romans 13.8-10 “He who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the Torah. The commandments ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the Torah.”
Why was the Torah given? There are a number of reasons because God always is multiconceptual when it comes to His intentions in all things. But essentially, the Torah was given to HABITUATE human behaviour in line with God’s expectations of character. As it is written:
- “The Torah of God is perfect, RESTORING the whole person” (Ps 19.7 ).
The purpose of the Torah was to teach human beings to LOVE one another. That is, to LOVE one another according to God’s expectations of [His rules of conduct for] humankind.
Now, under the “New Covenant,” God’s holy Spirit enables believers in the Mashiach to keep the Torah as it was intended. Does this sound like Paul is antinomian? [“antinomian” is a theological term which is taken from the Greek language. “Anti” = against, “nomos” = law; Therefore ‘antinomian’ = against law.]
- In other words, lawless Christianity is a contradiction in terms.
The bottom line in any antinomian ministry is that these people see themselves as ‘free from the law’ but they expect
everyone else to ‘obey’ certain commandments so as not to interfere in that which they determine is their freedom of expression.
- They want restrictions on everybody else but not on themselves.
That’s the bottom line and I care not who it is that will argue with me over it. Its the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, despite clever arguments about the “indwelling Spirit of God” living in them as expressions of “God’s love.” I repeat — lawless Christianity is a contradiction in terms.