6.4.4 The church of Jesus Christ and the sacraments

Wherever believing souls are properly baptised–that is in the name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–they can, through the grace of God, be incorporated into the body of Christ. Holy Baptism has been entrusted to the church as a whole. This is professed in the Sixth Article of Faith: "I believe that the Holy Baptism with water is the first step to a renewal in the Holy Spirit, and that the person baptised is adopted into the fellowship of those who believe in Jesus Christ and profess Him as their Lord."

The all-encompassing administration of the sacraments–the dispensation of Holy Baptism with water, Holy Communion, and Holy Sealing–is entrusted to the Apostle ministry. The Apostles also dispense the three sacraments to the departed.

The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated in proper fashion together with the Apostles as a table fellowship in which the sacrifice of Christ, as well as the body and blood of the Lord, are present. Concerning this the Seventh Article of Faith states: "I believe that Holy Communion was instituted by the Lord Himself in memory of the once brought, fully valid sacrifice, and bitter suffering and death of Christ. The worthy partaking of Holy Communion establishes our fellowship with Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is celebrated with unleavened bread and wine; both must be consecrated and dispensed by a minister authorised by an Apostle."

The sacrament of Holy Sealing can only be administered by the Apostles, as is stated in the Eighth Article of Faith: "I believe that those baptised with water must, through an Apostle, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to attain the childhood in God and thereby the prerequisite for becoming a firstling."

SUMMARY

Wherever baptism is properly performed, believing human beings can be incorporated into the body of Christ. Holy Baptism with water is entrusted to the church as a whole. (6.4.4)

Comprehensive administration of the sacraments occurs through the Apostle ministry. The Apostles also dispense the three sacraments to the departed. (6.4.4)

Holy Communion is celebrated in proper fashion together with the Apostles as a table fellowship in which the sacrifice of Christ, as well as the body and blood of the Lord, are present. (6.4.4)

Holy Sealing can only be dispensed by Apostles. (6.4.4)

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