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A Scripture Catechism
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by Matthew Henry

Q. 93. Which are the sacraments of the New Testament?
A. The sacraments of the New Testament are baptism and the Lord's supper

1. Were there sacraments in innocency? Yes: The tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Gen. 2:9. Were there sacraments under the law? Yes: for the law had a shadow of good things to come, Heb. 10:1. Was circumcision a sacrament? Yes: He received the sign of circumcision, Rom. 4:11. Was the passover a sacrament? Yes: Christ our passover is sacrificed for us, 1 Cor. 5:7.

2. Have we sacraments now under the gospel? Yes: for unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them, Heb. 4:2. Are baptism and the Lord's supper our two sacraments? Yes: for we are baptized into one body, and all drink into one Spirit, 1 Cor. 12:13. May men add any more sacraments? No: Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, Prov. 30:6.

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