For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for 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. Ephesians 3:1-6
Paul was different. From the time of Abraham, God had made Himself know to the world through and to the Israelites. They were His chosen people and rarely did God’s Word come to any other peoples. During Jesus’ ministry He rarely interacted with the non Jew. Jesus’ teaching was aimed at the Jews and he spent almost all His time with them. So, when Jesus sent Paul to the Gentiles something different and special was happening.
God had given the Jews first shot at receiving His Messiah. They were the first to be able to be reconciled to God. When so many rejected the Son, God’s plan for the rest of the world began to unfold. First Paul and then the other disciples went out from Jerusalem to the Gentile world bring the Good News to all. The church grew rapidly in the Gentile regions of the world. In fact all too soon the Church would find itself moved from Jerusalem to Rome. Christian churches filled what is modern day Turkey, Greece and Italy. From there it would spread north into all of Europe, west into Asia and then East to North and South America. Now there are few countries in the world without a Christian church.
All this started when Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus and Saul believed. He stopped persecuting the young church and became the greatest evangelist ever, Paul of Tarsus. A handful of men like Paul following the risen Lord, going too far parts of the world, would change the world forever. Today we too can continue this change as we boldly proclaim the resurrection of our Lord Jesus the Christ.
Have a blessed day,