Have I Blasphemed the Holy Spirit?


Question and answer from the Bible Answer Man broadcast.

Pat in Tyler, TX on BOTT radio: Something happened many years ago and I was questioning my salvation. I was on a trip with my husband and felt so much love for God in my heart. The clouds got dark-looking and all and I said God’s coming again and I’m not ready for Him. All of a sudden on the radio a broadcast came on about God telling Sarah she’s have a baby in her old age and I heard you have put your hand to the plough and you’re not fit for the Kingdom of God. I felt like God had just said that directly to me. I hadn’t been worrying about my salvation at all and suddenly God was speaking to me through a radio broadcast. And so my question is if I’ve blasphemed the Holy Spirit?

Hank: Pat, if you had blasphemed the Holy Spirit you would not be calling me with concern in  your voice. You would not care about Jesus Christ and you would not care about the Kingdom. The very fact that you care means that you do not have a hardened heart. You have a soft heart towards the things of the Spirit.

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is never an act that happened at a particular time confirmed by radio broadcasts. It is a continuous, willful, ongoing rejection of the love and grace that could be yours. So as long as you are in the flesh, as you are now, you realize you’re a sinner, you’ve repented of your sin, received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you are His and He is yours. You are now a living stone in the temple of God. You are not perfect. Neither am I. But you are a living stone in the temple of God. You have received the righteousness of Jesus Christ. You are set apart through baptism now, signifying that you’ve been buried to your old life, raised to newness of life through His resurrection power. You are a child of the King and don’t let Satan deceive you or put doubt in your mind. If Jesus says “Whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me, has everlasting life,” you have to say “I trust Jesus.” If you hear His Word and believe in Jesus Christ you have everlasting life.

Pat: Thank you very much for taking my call.

Q & A: A Second Blessing?

Holy Spirit Descending

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.