Chapter 6 of An Orthodox Catechism (The Sacraments), coming soon from RBAP

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Chapter 6

The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption

(The Sacraments)



The Sacraments



Q. 64. Since faith alone makes us partakers of Christ and His benefits, from where does this faith come?


A. From the Holy Spirit (a), who kindles it in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel (b), and other ordinances (c), and confirms it by the use of the sacraments (d).

(a) John 3:5; Eph. 2:8; 3:16-17; Phil.1:29.

(b) Rom. 10:17.

(c) Eph. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:16.

(d) 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 Pet. 3:21.



Q. 65. What are the sacraments?


A. They are sacred signs and seals set before our eyes and ordained of God for this purpose, that He may declare and confirm by them the promise of His gospel unto us, to this, that He gives freely remission of sins and life everlasting to everyone in particular who believes in the sacrifice of Christ which He accomplished once for all upon the cross (a).

(a) Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16; Rom. 6:3-6; Heb. 10:10.



Q. 66. Do not then both the Word and sacraments tend to that end, to lead our faith to the sacrifice of Christ finished on the cross as the only ground of our salvation?


A. It is even so. The Holy Spirit teaches us by the gospel, and assures us by the sacraments that the salvation of all of us stands in the once for all sacrifice of Christ offered for us upon the cross (a).

(a) Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Gal. 3:27.



Q. 67. How many sacraments has Christ ordained in the New Testament?


A. Two. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.