The Sacraments and The Bible

Baptism, Confession and The Eucharist

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The seven sacraments are signs and instruments by which the Holy Spirit spreads the grace of Christ the head throughout the Church which is his Body – Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #774

I. Sacraments

a) A visible sign, instituted by Christ, by which grace is conveyed to our souls.

CCC #774, CCC #1084, CCC #1116, CCC #1127

b) Many Protestant denominations have concepts of the sacraments.

~ Eastern Orthodox recognizes the same 7 Sacraments as Catholics.

~ Lutherans, Episcopalians, and to a lesser degree, Methodists and Presbyterians also have a concept of “Sacrament” through their beliefs are not identical to ours.

Sacraments are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in [Christ’s] Body, the Church. – CCC #1116

II. Baptism

a) Forgiveness of sins & reception of the Holy Spirit
~ Ezekiel 36:25-27 (“All scripture…”: 2 Tim 3:16)
~ Acts 2:38
~ Acts 22:16

b) Baptized into one body
~ 1 Corinthians 12:13
~ Galatians 3:27
~ Colossians 2:11-12

c) Baptism necessary for salvation
~ 1 Peter 3:20-21
~ John 3:5 (also note verse 22)

d) Instituted by Christ
~ Matthew 28:19

“…the New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is revealed in the New.” – St. Augustine

III. Confession

a) Confess your sins to men
~ Leviticus 5:5-6 (“All scripture…”: 2 Tim 3:16)
(Law is a shadow: Hebrews 10:1)
~ 1 John 1:9
~ James 5:16

b) Can men forgive sins?
~ Only God has the power to forgive sins but He exercises this power through men.
~ Mark 2:7
~ Matthew 9:1-8

c) Instituted by Christ
~ John 20:21-23

When the crowds saw it, they were afraid , and the glorified God, who had given such authority to men. – Matthew 9:8

IV. The Eucharist

a) A perfect offering shall be made
~ Malachi 1:11 (“All scripture…”: 2 Tim 3:16)

b) Flesh & Blood
~ John 6
~ Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24,Luke 22:19-20
~ 1 Cor 11:23-26, 27-29

c) Many disciples leave
~ John 6:66
~ Usually Jesus explains parables to avoid confusion as in: Matthew 13; 15:15; 17:10-19; chapter 19

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an un-worthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. – 1 Cor 11:27

d) Symbolic body & blood…NO!

~ Do Protestants believe that they get eternal life from symbolically eating bread and drinking grape juice? Certainly not.

~How is this a “hard saying” if Jesus is speaking “symbolically”?

~Symbolic bread & grape juice harder to believe than miracle of the loaves & fishes?  Harder than Jesus walking on water?

~Why didn’t Jesus explain that he was talking symbolically so that the disciples wouldn’t leave?

For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. – 1 Corinthians 11:29

e) Greater than the manna

~ John 6:30-32 (Manna-Exodus 16:4-36)

f) Believers left Him

~ John 2:11 & 3:16 & 6:66

g) “MY Flesh”

~ John 6:58

~ John 6:51

~ The same flesh that was hung on the cross.

h) Instituted by Christ

~ Luke 22:19

This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me. – Luke 22:19

Presented by : The Bible Christian Society