Question and answer from the Bible Answer Man broadcast.
Mitch in Chapman, KS: Really appreciate the show. Love listening to you. A few weeks ago I met a couple visiting my church. They said they were members of the Church of God Holiness. I looked up information on them and it said they believed in something called a second work of grace, which is Christian perfection in this life. What are your thoughts on this and what Scriptural evidence do they use?
Hank: There is no Scriptural evidence for it whatsoever. It is a pretext that is part of a theological construct. It doesn’t necessarily rule this out as being outside the pale of orthodoxy, but I think it’s one of those issues that we can debate vigorously about on the basis of the Word of God, which lets us know that if you are a believer and you are indwelt by the power of the Holy Spirit, but as an indwelt believer you can continuously be infilled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Which is to say you can be continuously empowered for service, and that’s why I often repeat on this show “Not by might nor by power, but by His Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” So there is not only a second blessing, but there is a third and there is a one millionth, and if you live long enough, perhaps a one billionth. The reality is that every time we are infilled or we are empowered for service, we are receiving another blessing.
This is the very thing that Jesus communicated to the disciples when He was about to leave the earth. He said “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” So witnessing is another blessing that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill.
So the notion that there is a second blessing that leads us to entire sanctification, I think is misguided. We are continuously being infilled or empowered for service because, indeed, we are leaky vessels and we need to be empowered daily so that we can be of service to the Master.
Mitch: Amen. That’s what I was thinking as well. I appreciate the time, Hank.
Hank: You got it. We will never be entirely sanctified until that day that Jesus comes to put all things to right. Then we will be in practice only what we are only now in position. In position we are covered by a foreign righteousness, a righteousness not of our own that comes by the Law, but that which comes through faith in Christ.