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Matthew Henry’s Westminster Shorter Catechism Commentary on Question 91

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Do the sacraments certainly save all that partake of them? No: They who were rejected of Christ could say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence,
Luke 13:26
. Are they then effectual by any virtue in themselves? No: for bodily exercise profits little,
1 Tim. 4:8
. Do they of themselves confer grace? No: for if thou be a breaker of the law thy circumcision is made uncircumcision
Rom. 2:25
. Is the thing signified of greater consequence than the sign? Yes: for circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter,
Rom. 2:29
Does the efficacy of the sacraments depend upon the minister? No: for who is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed?
1 Cor. 3:5
. Does the goodness of the minister invigorate the sacrament? No: for Philip baptized Simon, who yet was in the gall of bitterness,
Acts 8:13
Acts 8:23
. Does the badness of the minister invalidate the sacrament? No: For Judas was numbered with us, and obtained part of this ministry,
Acts 1:17
Does the efficacy of sacraments depend upon the blessing of Christ? Yes: Lo, I am with you always,
Matt. 28:20
. And upon the working of the Spirit? Yes: for it is the Spirit that quickeneth
John 6:63
. And are they effectual to those only who by faith receive them? Yes: He that believes, and is baptized, shall be saved,
Mark 16:16
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