Ephesians 3:5-6. “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel:”
It must have been a great mystery, indeed, to the Jews who had always considered themselves the sole heirs of God. They were, after all, the people of the Promise; Messiah would come through Israel, and would conquer all Israel’s enemies, bringing peace forever.
Paul’s job was not an easy one. He had to preach to the Gentiles, and that was no simple task. It was an era of history in which most nations or tribes had a pantheon of gods. Rome, which ruled most of the known world at the time, was no exception. They considered their Caesar, whoever was presently sitting on the throne, to be a god as well. They didn’t take kindly to this Jew who went around preaching that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.
And the Jews? Those who had not been convinced that Jesus was indeed God Himself were not impressed with Paul at all. They made his life pretty miserable, and did not welcome his appearance in their cities or the way so many people received his preaching and teaching, converting to the new Way, in which Gentiles had equal claim with the Jews to being “fellow heirs and of the same body; and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel.”
No, they weren’t pleased. Not even a little bit.