This is the start of a go-to phrase for many people when you bring up Torah, Law, or anything about following the Old Testament. Some people may get mad at such a response, but I couldn’t agree more with that phrase. Let’s examine some other “But Paul said…” scriptures.
Paul also said he worshiped YHWH in the way called by many a cult or sect and people called what they believed heresy because they believed all things that are written in the Torah and the Prophets.
But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,
He observed the feast after the resurrection (Acts 18:21; 20:5-16; 27:9) and he along with other men, which he paid the price for, took the Nazirite vow found in Numbers 6 requiring sacrifices at the temple (Acts 21:20-29). He taught repent from sin and turn to YHWH.
but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.
He tells us knowledge of sin comes through knowing the Torah.
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
He says that people who are just hearers of the Torah are not righteous before YHWH, but the doers of the Torah will be declared righteous before YHWH.
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
He asked, do we make void or cancel Torah by faith and then answers his question with heaven forbid or absolutely not, on the contrary, we uphold the Torah!
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
He asked, should we continue in sin so that grace may abound and then answered his question again with heaven forbid or absolutely not!
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Just a few verses later he asked in a little different manner, should we sin because we are not under the law (under=curse) but grace and followed up with absolutely not!
What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
In Romans 7, Paul explained he was only talking to those who knew and understood Torah and then explained how Y’shua fulfilled Deuteronomy 24 through His death and resurrection (Romans 7:1-6). For more on how Y’shua fulfilled Deut. 24 check out our teaching titled, “WHY?” He again asks if the Torah sin and then boldly stated heaven forbid or absolutely not, again telling us sin is defined by Torah.
What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
He continues by saying that Torah is holy, and YHWH’s commandments are holy, just, and good.
So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
He didn’t stop there but stated he agreed the Torah was good again a few verses later in Romans 7:16, then he said he joyfully agrees with YHWH’s Torah in Romans 7:22.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
He continues to say the flesh is hostile to YHWH because it does NOT submit to YHWH’s Torah and those living in the flesh can NOT please YHWH.
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
He explains that Gentiles wanting to be in covenant with YHWH are grafted into Israel (Romans 11:11-32), and are no longer Gentiles who walking according to the world, but now according to the word of YHWH are part of Israel (Ephesians 2). He tells us that there is no authority except from YHWH and those who resist the authority are in opposition to YHWH’s commands and those opposing it will bring judgment on themselves.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
This applies to each letter Paul wrote because he directly quoted the “Old Testament” well over 100 times, he also walked, taught, and lived YHWH’s Torah with each step he took. To see and understand Paul we need to see and understand the Torah, writings, and prophets in which Paul was very learned and passionate about. Then and only then, when we say “But Paul said…” we will know he never said anything contradictory to what YHWH or Y’shua said.
Don’t make Paul out to be a bad guy by twisting his words to fit your fleshly desires. Dig into the Torah, prophets, and writings so you can watch out for those causing dissension and obstacles contrary to the doctrine of YHWH. Avoid them, for such people, do not serve Y’shua but their own appetite. They received the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
So the next time someone tells you, “But Paul said…” agree with them and point out some of the other verses where Paul taught and upheld the Torah of YHWH.