SCRIPTURE TEXT: “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” – John 14:25-26 (NKJV)

A function of the Holy Spirit is convicting. ‘When He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement’ (16:8). Jesus goes on to explain in more detail.

The Holy Spirit will convict of guilt ‘in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me [Jesus Christ]’ (16:19). The Holy Spirit is the goad, the spiritual conscience, bringing sin to conscious awareness.

When the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, He keeps before us the fact that we are sinners. Anyone who downplays the nature of human sin, whether in a secular or spiritual context, is perverting the gospel, because we cannot be redeemed without an awakened consciousness of sin. The Holy Spirit keeps before us the fact that we are sinners except by the grace of God in Jesus Christ. He won’t let us forget that it is God’s grace, not our works, that makes the difference in our lives.

The Holy Spirit will also convict of guilt ‘‘in regard to righteousness, because I [Jesus] am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer’’ (16:10). This is the positive side of His task, constantly convicting us that righteousness is always reflected in the person of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit, then keeps before us the model of Christ’s life. Thus, when we come to a career decision, a problem, or an ethical decision, the Holy Spirit brings to mind what Jesus would do as a model for how we should act in given situations.

In addition, the Holy Spirit convicts of guilt ‘in regard to judgement, because the prince of the world now stands condemned’ (16:11). The Holy Spirit keeps before us the fact that the world and all its works are under God’s judgement. This does not excuse us from doing God’s work in the world; we work to redeem, but we must not take ourselves too seriously, because the salvation of the world is not exclusively in our hands.  We work, but always under the control of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Point: “Pray that everything you do will be under the control of the Holy Spirit.”


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