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The Dutch mathematician and philosopher Emanuel Rutten was very annoyed when he found out the truth about the Christian faith.
Not that he disliked religion.
He just had nothing to do with it.
Not that he considered himself an atheist.
Because being an atheist would imply religion was something to relate to.
When the scientist understood that God exists, he became very annoyed that he didn't come to this conclusion much earlier. As it was so obvious.
The point of Ephesians 3
It is like that with chapter 3 in the book of Ephesians. After summing up superlatives, the writer Paul is driving towards what seems to be his main point.
'His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.' (Ephesians 3:9-11 NIV).
Just before the quoted verse above, Paul speaks three times about a mystery in chapter 3 (see verses 3, 6 and 9).
Most people think this mystery is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
The mystery however is that God brings all believers together in one body. This, by Jesus from Nazareth sacrificially giving up his life, He the Son of God as well as the perfect human being.
How does this effect us, imperfect human beings?
'In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.' (Eph 3:12 NIV).
Understand this: almost all religious Jews weren't allowed to enter the most inner area of the temple. The non-Jews were those with whom the religious Jews weren't allowed to even dinner with. Now both Jews and non-Jews who put their faith in Christ, the promised Messiah, would all have access to God Himself, directly.
How can this not be a major point of the Christian faith? Like the Dutch scientist, we can all feel annoyed if we didn't understand this earlier.