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Heidelberg Catechism of 1563: The Second Part - Of the Sacraments

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25th Lord’s Day

Question 65. Since then we are made partakers of Christ and all his benefits by faith only, whence does this faith proceed?

Answer: From the Holy Ghost,a who works faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms it by the use of the sacraments.b

(a) Eph 2:8-9; Eph 6:23 Jhn 3:5; Phl 1:29
(b) Mat 28:19-20; 1Pe 1:22-23

Question 66. What are the sacraments?

Answer: The sacraments are holy visible signs and seals, appointed of God for this end, that by the use thereof, he may the more fully declare and seal to us the promise of the gospel, viz., that he grants us freely the remission of sin, and life eternal, for the sake of that one sacrifice of Christ, accomplished on the cross.a

(a) Gen 17:11; Rom 4:11; Deu 30:6; Lev 6:25; Hbr 9:7-9; Hbr 9:24; Eze 20:12; Isa 6:6-7; Isa 54:9

Question 67. Are both word and sacraments, then, ordained and appointed for this end, that they may direct our faith to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, as the only ground of our salvation?a

Answer: Yes, indeed: for the Holy Ghost teaches us in the gospel, and assures us by the sacraments, that the whole of our salvation depends upon that one sacrifice of Christ which he offered for us on the cross.

(a) Rom 6:3; Gal 3:27

Question 68. How many sacraments has Christ instituted in the new covenant, or testament?

Answer: Two: namely, holy baptism, and the holy supper.

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