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The Strong Trinitarian Statement In 2 Corinthians 3:14-18 And The Second Blessing Doctrine

Posted by Job on December 26, 2009

Actually, the context for this statement is contained within the entire chapter of 2 Corinthians 3, which builds up to the last 2 or 3 verses at the end. However, for length purposes, only verses 14-18 will be considered.

But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Even from a direct literary interpretation with very little if any background in Christian doctrine required, this passage treats God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as being one and the same AND treats God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as being distinct. The Lord referred to in this passage is Jesus Christ. The Spirit spoken of in this passage is the Holy Spirit. Yet verse 17 specifically states “Now the Lord is that Spirit.” This can only be if Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are One. Yet verses 17 and 18 refer to the Lord (Jesus Christ) and the Spirit of the Lord (the Holy Spirit) distinctly, not as relationships, “divisions of an egg”, emanations, manifestations or any of the other ideas proposed by those who deny God’s eternal triune nature.

Implication:

If the Lord is that Spirit, meaning that Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit, then receiving Jesus Christ means receiving the Holy Spirit. To receive Jesus Christ means to receive the Holy Spirit, and therefore receiving Jesus Christ (salvation) means receiving the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. That would mean that while these gifts and fruits may not all manifest immediately but instead may manifest and develop as the believer is being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ and matures in the faith of Jesus Christ, they are still given to Christians at the time of conversion, at the time that they are placed in Jesus Christ’s body and the Holy Spirit begins to indwell them.

So the doctrine of a second blessing of the Holy Spirit? Since Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit, then this “second blessing” can only mean receiving Jesus Christ a second time. How is receiving Jesus Christ a second time possible and why is this necessary? When considering your answer to this, ponder upon Hebrews 6:6, which reads:

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Where the context of Hebrews 6:6 diverges somewhat from the matter being discussed here, it is still useful for establishing that receiving Jesus Christ once is sufficient just as was Jesus Christ’s going to the cross once was sufficient. The larger context of the book of Hebrews is actually very beneficial, because that epistle makes it obvious that only one sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross was necessary and links the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross to the one receipt of Jesus Christ by the believer. Thus, beware of any doctrine that teaches multiple receipts of Jesus Christ.

While this second blessing doctrine treats the Holy Spirit as acting separately, independently or at least supplementary to Jesus Christ with regards to the issue of salvation, Ephesians 4:7-8 says that Jesus Christ gives the gifts to the church.

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

So why are these gifts (and fruits) commonly referred to as gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit as opposed to gifts and fruits of Jesus Christ? Again, from 2 Corinthians 3:17, Lord and Spirit are one! So, if the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are One and if Jesus Christ can only be received once, then how can there be second blessings, multiple blessings, multiple portions etc. of the Holy Spirit? It is so commonly accepted because saying “receive a triple portion of the Holy Spirit” sounds completely different from “receive a triple portion of Jesus Christ!” and more to the point “crucify Jesus Christ three times!” even though it is precisely what those terms mean.

Incidentally, I shall point out that the idea that Jesus Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross was insufficient and that He must be sacrificed anew again and again to provide benefits and gifts to the church is something that touches the Roman Catholic doctrines of communion and specifically of transubstantiation. Words have meaning, including the words used in doctrines. If one does not understand the meanings of the words, then one will not understand the doctrine.

So, the question must be asked: what implication does the fact that “a receiving second blessing from the Holy Spirit” amounts to “receiving Jesus Christ a second time” and then “Jesus Christ being sacrificed a second time” mean for those who adhere to this doctrine? Thank you.

One Response to “The Strong Trinitarian Statement In 2 Corinthians 3:14-18 And The Second Blessing Doctrine”

  1. pattie said

    The bible says one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism. If God has 90 plus titles and only once referred to by name, no you not that he is Lord and savior. If he is author and finisher of your faith, how can he be if he must speak with two others.

    He said if a man have two masters, he shall love one and hate the other.

    One God, one baptism, one faith. Fruits are the things you are to bear from your tree which should grow within you and become evident from you as you grow in the Lord.

    Church is the body of Christ. The church are the people/fruit operating with gifts. Gifts evident your salvation. We are the head of nothing. You seem to be as confused as the Jewish people who rejected the head corner stone.

    Do you think if Jesus Christ who is the living God, the Light of the World, The lamb is the light of the city? Do you not know he is God? Do you not know he has is the lion of Judah, the lamb, Jesus and all things. What does the vessel look like that came down and translated the witness who is coming back and shall lay dead in the street.

    You read but do you understand he told you do you listen. Those who read and understand not arent listening. Today you need to listen more then ever time growns close.

    Pray for understanding, as the body of Christ is under great attack. If God said you shall have no other Gods before him? How could you have Jesus as Lord and do all things in his name? Act 2:38 repent and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for remission of sins. Later in the new testament it says they he are like Christ, (the Christians) shall speak with new tongues and pick up poisonous things and shall not die?

    Are you to rejecting the head cornerstone? Have we no since to know that if there is one God, One faith, one baptism you are missing a parable as the jews.

    The other thing if we have fire in worship without Jesus the head cornerstone whose fire is it? Where does it come from. The other religions believing the same lie, as revelations says. He deceived the whole world. That is his beggist deception having people believe he is 3, he is one. If you count titles as the number of “God” in the Godhead then shouldnt there be 90 plue?

    Catholics and their offshoots also teach to pray in the spirit isnt Godly because demons enter into your head and body and take you over. These are lies of demons, do we for what reason believe that our God who is orderly in all things as to say how the tablernacle was to be built in it intirety, how the priest were to dress, down to wearing little bells on their feet. Think for one second that the Lord God in you is not the gatekeeper of your body and mind.

    Dont get me wrong for these lies and reasons the Lord said try the spirits that you be not fooled. Paul said dont give satan a foot. We are not to let him in, but those who study the word and havent read the words that tell us the trueth of our Lord and savior arent spending enough time in the word.

    I know this isnt milk but meat but pastors are writing these things and you have to give count for the souls. Is more seriousness required.

    We find it easy to shoot down every faith, every minister but fail to realize the things Jesus said, We are the Body of Christ. He is coming back for a spotless and blameless bride. I am not taking shots at any, just hoping that people will open their minds and look deeper and pray for understanding. We know why the Catholic faith changed, some things and some people all comes down to money and foresaking Godly decisions for lust of the world. Under the altars are the blood of the saints who died for the name of Jesus Christ.

    Please dont misunderstand I love the Catholics we are required to love everyone but I hate their faith filled with lies. I pray that the Lord will reveal trueth to all of us, because the word says all have fallen short. Jesus who was rejected as the cornerstone never accused anyone but forgave everyone. We need to believe and keep our hope in the head cornerstone, the word says have no Gods before me. If Jesus was lord, God, father and savior how could the first commandment be relevent?

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