I felt like this chapter was a transitional chapter. Up to this point, Paul has been telling the church how rich God’s grace is. In the first half of chapter 3, he continues this topic, but then ends the chapter with a prayer of unity for Ephesus, that they experience the riches of grace from God and the love of Christ within their church.
I can’t imagine what the Gentiles of the early church must have felt when they heard Paul say things like, “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” That, “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
On one side, there were Jews telling them that they had a bunch of hoops to jump through, and on the other, the gods of the pagans were unreachable. Here, Paul is telling them that they can have a closeness, an acceptance from a God through faith in a man who conquered death, without strings attached. That this relationship was foretold by prophets and apostles.
They were being introduced to the love of God through the faith in Jesus Christ by the words of the apostle Paul. This love sparked a religious and cultural revolution, that spread to the far reaches of the earth, that eventually landed among my ancestors and was passed down from generation to generation through the church to the glory of Christ. And Paul speaks into that at the end of this chapter.
And that’s just simply beautiful to me.