Some people are saying that Paul was a false
apostle and that he taught people not to obey God’s commandments, but is that really the
truth? It’s time to UNLEARN the lies. UNLEARN Hey, welcome to UNLEARN. My name is Lex, and I’d like to invite you
to join us each week as we UNLEARN the lies and dig deeper into the truth of God’s Word. Now, let’s get started. Some people believe Paul was a real apostle,
but think he taught contrary to the law of God and they use his words to nullify the
commandments in the Torah. Other people also think Paul taught against
the Torah, and because of this, they label him a false apostle. However, I believe both of these groups are
in error concerning Paul. Not only does the Bible portray Paul as an
apostle, but it also shows him to be one of the most educated Torah scholars of his day. He studied under Rabbi Gamaliel the Elder,
one of the leaders of the Sanhedrin in the first century and the grandson of Hillel the
Elder who was one of the most noteworthy Rabbis in Jewish history. “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia,
but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness
of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today.” – Acts 22:3 Paul was a disciple of Gamaliel, which meant
he was under the strictest Torah teacher of his day. It is said that Gamaliel required all of his
disciples to memorize the entire Old Testament by their 12th birthday, which indicates that
Paul would have had the entire Old Testament memorized. The Talmud describes Gamaliel as bearing the
titles Nasi and Rabban being the president of the Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem. He held a senior position in the highest court
in Jerusalem, and has the reputation of being one of the greatest Torah teachers in Jewish
history. In fact, Gamaliel is even noted in the Bible
as being a man respected by all the people, and he said some interesting things concerning
Peter and the other apostles. “Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee
named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded
them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take
heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming
to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined
him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were
scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in
the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were
dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these
men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;
but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it – lest you even be found to fight against
God.” – Acts 5:34-39 The passage shows Gamaliel presenting an argument
against killing the apostles, by reminding the council about the previous revolts of
Theudas and Judas which ended quickly because they were not from God. Gamaliel’s advice was accepted by the council
and the apostles were released. The Bible portrays Paul as being violently
opposed to the Gospel, so much that he was persecuting and putting the followers of Yeshua
in prison. In fact, he was one of the witnesses who approved
of the stoning of Stephen. “and they cast him out of the city and stoned
him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes
at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling
on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit… Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against
the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions
of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles… As for Saul, he made havoc of the church,
entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” – Acts 7:58-59, 8:1-3 So, how could this man who was strongly persecuting
the Church become one of the leading apostles and an evangelist for Yeshua? the Bible tells
us that Paul had a powerful and personal encounter with the risen Messiah. “Then Saul, still breathing threats and
murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters
from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way,
whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and
suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice
saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you
are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord,
what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into
the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts 9:1-6 This encounter changed Paul forever. From this point forward he began teaching
about Yeshua and His death and resurrection. He started reaching out to the Gentiles with
the Gospel, and He partnered with other apostles in spreading the Gospel. He even bravely faced persecution and death
for the sake of the Gospel. This fact alone shows that he was genuine
in his belief, because a fake believer would not die for something he did not believe in. We also have the witness of a disciple named
Ananias who heard the voice of God tell Him that He has chosen Paul to be a vessel for
the Gospel, and God confirmed to him that Paul saw Yeshua on the road to Damascus. “Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus
named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to
the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of
Tarsus, for behold, he is praying… Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard
from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests
to bind all who call on Your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a
chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must
suffer for My name’s sake.” And Ananias went his way and entered the house;
and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you
on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with
the Holy Spirit.”” – Acts 9:10-11, 13-17 This shows us that Paul was personally chosen
by Yeshua to be an apostle. So, we can’t argue that he was a fake apostle
or that he was trying to be deceitful and destroy Christianity from within, because
the Bible testifies that he was chosen by Yeshua. So, now we need to look at what Paul taught
and see if he was teaching against the Law of God as many people seem to think. Paul was placed on trial and accused of teaching
against the Law of God, but listen to his own defense. “When he had come, the Jews who had come
down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they
could not prove, while he answered for himself, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor
against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.” – Acts 25:7-8 Paul said he had done nothing against the
Law or the Temple. He did not believe that he was teaching against
the Law of God, and he did not think he was leading others to violate the Torah. Listen to what else he said. “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient
to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and
throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent,
turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. For these reasons the Jews seized me in the
temple and tried to kill me. Therefore, having obtained help from God,
to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those
which the prophets and Moses said would come – that the Christ would suffer, that He would
be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to
the Gentiles.” – Acts 26:19-23 He said he was telling Gentiles to repent
and turn to God and do good works fitting of repentance. He wasn’t tell Gentiles to reject the Law
of God, he was telling them to repent from their sins and do the good things that God
says to do. He was telling them to obey God. Now, listen to what Peter said about Paul. “and consider that the longsuffering of
our Lord is salvation – as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given
to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things,
in which are some things HARD TO UNDERSTAND, which untaught and unstable people TWIST TO
THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this
beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with
the ERROR OF THE LAWLESS” – 2 Peter 3:15-17 Peter upholds Paul as a beloved brother, then
he explains that some of the things Paul wrote in his letters are difficult to understand
and people twist those things, which he calls being led astray by the error of the lawless. He is saying that people who don’t understand
Paul will twist his words into lawlessness. I would argue that people misunderstand Paul
because they don’t understand the Torah. Peter said those people are “untaught and
unstable” and they also twist other Scriptures as well. They don’t understand the Torah, so they
can’t understand Paul either. Now, lets look at what Paul said in response
to people thinking that faith nullifies the law. “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” – Romans 3:31 Right here Paul plainly tells us that faith
does not nullify the law, and that if we walk in faith we establish the law. He also argues against people who think grace
is a license to sin. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer
in it?” – Romans 6:1-2 The grace of God does not give us a license
to sin. We have died to sin, we cannot continue walking
in sin. We have been saved from sin by grace through
faith, how can we keep walking in sin? Paul goes on to explain that a carnal mind
does not submit to the law of God. “For to be carnally minded is death, but
to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the CARNAL MIND is enmity against
God; for it is NOT SUBJECT TO THE LAW OF GOD, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot
please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit,
if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of
Christ, he is not His.” – Romans 8:6-9 Why is the carnal mind unable to submit to
the Law of God? Paul explains that the law is spiritual. “For we know that the law is spiritual…” – Romans 7:14 This is why those who walk according to the
flesh cannot please God. We must walk according to the Spirit, and
the Spirit enables us to live out the Law of God, because the Law is spiritual. Paul was a genius, and he understood the Law
much better than we do. I equate understanding Paul on Torah matters
as similar to understanding Einstein on Physics. If we have the proper understanding of the
subject matter, we will be able to better understand what is being said. You can’t understand Einstein if you don’t
have the proper education in math and science. Likewise, you can’t understand Paul if you
don’t have the proper education in the Law and Prophets. Paul was an apostle who was personally chosen
by Yeshua. He was a Torah scholar, and never taught anything
contrary to the Law of God, but remember Peter’s warning that untaught people twist his words
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