Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 11

Q & A 33
Q Was the covenant of grace always administered after one and the same manner?
A The covenant of grace was not always administered after the same manner, but the administrations of it under the Old Testament were different from those under the New *1.

Q & A 34
Q How was the covenant of grace administered under the Old Testament?
A The covenant of grace was administered under the Old Testament, by promises *2, prophecies *3, sacrifices *4, circumcision *5, the passover *6, and other types and ordinances, which did all fore-signify Christ then to come, and were for that time sufficient to build up the elect in faith in the promised Messiah *7, by whom they then had full remission of sin, and eternal salvation *8.

Q & A 35
Q How is the covenant of grace administered under the New Testament?
A Under the New Testament, when Christ the substance was exhibited, the same covenant of grace was and still is to be administered in the preaching of the Word *9, and the administration of the sacraments of Baptism *10 and the Lord’s Supper *11; in which grace and salvation are held forth in more fulness, evidence, and efficacy, to all nations *12.

*1 2 Corinthians 3:6-9.
*2 Romans 15:8.
*3 Acts 3:20, 24.
*4 Hebrews 10:1.
*5 Romans 4:11.
*6 1 Corinthians 5:7.
*7 Hebrews chapters 8, 9, 10 (entire); Hebrews 11:13.
*8 Galatians 3:7-9, 14.
*9 Mark 16:15.
*10 Matthew 28:19-20.
*11 1 Corinthians 11:23-25.
*12 2 Corinthians 3:6-9; Hebrews 8:6, 10-11; Matthew 28:19.

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