Paul wanted the people to understand that salvation to all was God’s original and primary plan. The Lord intended Israel to be a nation of priests. Their purpose was to provide the ministry of salvation to all. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, that ministry was now possible. Ironically God used Paul, the “ultimate Jew” to carry the message and minister to the Gentile world.
In our lives, we continue to live as one’s that are saved because of Christ and Paul. We are saved even though we are not from the lineage of Israel. Because of God’s original plan. The great mystery of God’s love and plan for men was revealed to the rest of the world and us through folks like Paul, Silas, Barnabus, Timothy and John. That mystery and ministry have continued through now and we fill the roles of these apostles and men of faith. While God never intended that to be a mystery, evidently it was. Thanks, Lord for following your plan. Thanks also for commissioning those that have come before and commissioning us to make disciples all over the world!
God Bless you.
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.
When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,