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CHAPTER 27 - Of the Sacraments
are holy sign
s and seal
s of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ
and his benefits, and to confirm our interest in him: as also to put a visible
difference between those that belong unto the Church, and the rest of thw world; and solemn
ly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to his Word.
II. There is in every sacrament
a spiritual relation
, or sacramental union, between the sign and the thing signified; whence it comes to pass that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other.
III. The grace
which is exhibited
in or by the sacraments, rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them; neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer
it, but upon the work of the Spirit, and the word of institution
, which conatins, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers
IV. There be only two sacraments
ordained by Christ our Lord in the gospels, that is to say, Baptism
and the Supper of the Lord
: neither or which may be dispensed by any but a minister of the Word, lawfully ordained
V. The sacraments of the Old Testament
, in regard of the spiritual things thereby signified and exhibited, were, for substance, the same with those of the New.
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