The role of the Holy Spirit part 2
John 16 v 5-15
“ … but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The role of the Holy Spirit is to convict your world that you live in of:
- SIN – It is sinful not to believe and follow Jesus, v9. That’s so much simpler than providing lists of behaviour that the Spirit will convict the person for, no matter how much the Church has tried.
- JUSTICE or RIGHTEOUSNESS – It is seen and found in the cross of Christ, 10. The more we understand the impact and result of the cross the clearer we will be regards justice.
- JUDGMENT – There is now no condemnation because the power of the prince has been defeated, v11. The major impact of the death of Jesus was the victory over death and the condemnation of the evil one.
SIN, JUSTICE AND JUDGMENT: That is the role of the Holy Spirit in leading us more into the understanding of each one. Of course the prince of this world though defeated still has a voice. It is not surprising that the evil one also tries to speak confusion into those 3 things also. May the Church silence him and speak the words of the Spirit to a lost world.