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WHEREIN THE DOCTRINE OF FAITR, RECEIVED IN TAL RE-
FORMED CHURCH, IS DEFENDED AGAINST THE PRINCIPAL
BY THE Rev. JOHN VANDERKEMP,
TRANSLATED FROM THE DUTCH
NEW-BRUNSWICK, N. J.
PRINTED BY ABRAHAM BLAUVELT.
WORKING AND CONFIRMATION
XXV. LORD'S DAY.
Rom. iv. 11. He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the
righteousness of faith.
Q. 65. Since then we are made parlakers of Christ and all his benefits by faith only, whence doth this faith proceed ?
A. From the Holy Ghost, who works faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms it by the use of the sacraments.
Q. 66. What are the sacraments ?
A. 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; to wit, that he grants us freely the remission of sins, and life eternal, for the sake of that one sacrifice of Christ, accomplished on the cross.
Q. 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 ground of our salvation.
A. Yes indeed; for the Holy Ghost teaches us in the gospel, and