Before The Church Age began, only the Jews were offered GOD’s Favor And Salvation. His Covenant with man was exclusively with the Israelites, for no other nation chose to worship Him; and He Had Compassion on them, as they were the smallest of nations. It was only after The HOLY SPIRIT Was Sent to all the Earth that GOD Moved the Apostle Paul to offer It to non-Jews.
John 4:19-24 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Ephesians 3:1-12 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles– if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
When the Jews largely rejected The Messiah (JESUS), GOD Felt that He Wasn’t betraying His Covenant with Israel by Offering Salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jews). Israel is still The Apple Of GOD’s Eye, and they will Be Illuminated By The HOLY SPIRIT in the near future. Then, they will realize that YESHUA (JESUS’ Name in the Hebrew language) Is their long-awaited Messiah, and will all Be Saved!
GOD Knew that the Jews would reject JESUS, and that He Would then Offer The Wonderful Gift Of Salvation to the rest of the people of the world! What Abundant Mercy And Grace GOD Bestows on His Creation!!! Alleluia!! 😀