The Semper Reformata Podcast
The Mystery of Christ
Text Ephesians 3:4-6
We continue to look at the Apostle’s digression of thought in Ephesians 3 and Paul refers to this amazing revelation that he had received directly from God, as ‘the mystery of Christ.’ What does he mean?
NOTE: This sermon was preached at both Ballymacashon Congregational and Templepatrick Reformed Church. It was recorded at Templepatrick, and is used here with their kind permission.
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