In the past few years and very recently there have been many voices teaching how to receive the Second Comforter. Because of the different views and teachers on this subject, I’ve immersed myself in Joseph Smith and his teachings on the subject.
Last night I read the 6th lecture in the Lectures of Faith which is an entire sermon on the Second Comforter. Joseph is so careful to teach that the type of faith required for the blessings of the Second Comforter requires one primary thing: The sacrifice of all things.
Consider this excerpt:
Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God. When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice because he seeks to do his will, he does know, most assuredly, that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not, nor will not seek his face in vain. Under these circumstances, then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on eternal life.
It is in vain for persons to fancy to themselves that they are heirs with those, or can be heirs with them, who have offered their all in sacrifice, and by this means obtain faith in God and favor with him so as to obtain eternal life, unless they, in like manner, offer unto him the same sacrifice, and through that offering obtain the knowledge that they are accepted of him.
And then this:
Those, then, who make the sacrifice, will have the testimony that their course is pleasing in the sight of God; and those who have this testimony will have faith to lay hold on eternal life, and will be enabled, through faith, to endure unto the end, and receive the crown that is laid up for them that love the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who do not make the sacrifice cannot enjoy this faith, because men are dependent upon this sacrifice in order to obtain this faith: therefore, they cannot lay hold upon eternal life, because the revelations of God do not guarantee unto them the authority so to do, and without this guarantee faith could not exist. All the saints of whom we have account, in all the revelations of God which are extant, obtained the knowledge which they had of their acceptance in His sight through the sacrifice which they offered unto Him; and through the knowledge thus obtained their faith became sufficiently strong to lay hold upon the promise of eternal life, and to endure as seeing Him who is invisible; and were enabled, through faith, to combat the powers of darkness, contend against the wiles of the adversary, overcome the world, and obtain the end of their faith, even the salvation of their souls.
The teaching that receiving the Second Comforter is easier than we think, or is something that we receive if we simply see Christ in a dream or a vision is a smooth doctrine. It diverts us from seeking the levels of sanctification that come through the sacrifice of all things.
It bypasses a level of faith needed to receive both power in the priesthood and the faith to bring others into this structure.
Those that desire priesthood power and being taught by Christ himself will seek to repent of all things and bring forth a sacrifice to the Lord that gives them the faith to transcend this mortal sphere. It is the invitation to all to receive these glorious blessings, but they are not easy and very very few enter into this highest covenant because it exacts from you absolutely everything in your awareness.
This is why it is so powerful. And this is why an earth cannot contain such individuals that make this sacrifice and obtain this faith.