”And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” – Colossians 2:10
I cringed as I listened to a preacher on the radio this morning. He talked about how Christians could receive a “second” work of grace, be “filled” with the Spirit, and (finally) become “complete in Christ”. According to the radio preacher’s doctrine, being saved is not enough. Being saved gives no one the fullness of the Spirit. One must decide to “go deeper, to “fully commit,” to “get sanctified.” Then, and only then, can a Christian live “in holiness.”
Scripture attacks such false doctrine head on! The heretic says God’s ransomed people are not necessarily complete in Christ. Scripture, on the other hand, teaches that God’s people are complete in Him! The heretic says a Christian hasn’t received the fullness of God’s provision until a second application or work of grace. Yet, Scripture affirms that “of His fullness we have all received” (John 1:16). If a man is “in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, all things become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Likewise, every true Christian has been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Second blessing preachers would have us believe God’s redeemed to be comprised of have and have nots. Some have the fullness of the Spirit, some don’t. Others have perfect love in Christ, others don’t. Some have victory, most don’t. Christ’s work of redemption becomes the kiddy pool while the crisis experience of second blessing sanctification is the deep end where all of the mature and uber-spiritual Christians frolic and play.
To teach the necessity of a second work of grace is to deny the power of Christ’s work of redemption. It is to diminish the grandeur and power of Calvary! Christ’s finished work does not require a second application. It remains the sweet sacrifice which alone satisfied God’s wrath concerning sin, making God’s people “accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).