Someone said that unless we understand the Torah we will never understand Paul. What are the eternal implications of this statement?
Fully and intimately understanding Paul or any Epistle or Gospel or the foreshadowing of Messiah in the Torah is only possible through the teaching and tutoring of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Scripture is spiritual, not carnal (1 Corinthians 2:14)…if the Holy Spirit is not your Teacher, you will never see God’s deeper truths.
This is why only a remnant of Israel will be saved from the “second death” in Perdition and that in the last days (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27), because the Jew and Israelite reject their Messiah and only by faith in Messiah as Lord and Mediator for our sin can the Holy Spirit take-up residence within you (Ephesians 1:13-14) and without the indwelling Spirit not only do you remain in your sins (John 8:24) but the truth of God never fully leaps from the pages of Scripture and penetrates the heart of man.