The Holy Spirit Convicts Men
When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. – John 16:8-11
Jesus is teaching his disciples about the primary work of the Holy Spirit in the world. He had already told them that the Holy Spirit would take the place in their life that he had taken, but in a deeper manner because he had been with them but then he would be in them (John 1416-18).
He went on to say that the counselor would teach them all things and remind them of what he had said (14:26). Then he tells them that the Holy Spirit will testify to the world about Jesus (15:26). Are you beginning to get the picture? A primary purpose of the Holy Spirit is to reveal God’s plan and purposes to man through the witness of those who believe.
The Message Bible has an interesting way of expressing our passage for today: “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted.”
The Holy Spirit has come to reveal the purposes of God and to reveal why the world is ruled by sin rather than righteousness. How does he do that? Through the witness of those who have already been renewed by the Holy Spirit. Our lives are to be so influenced by the Holy Spirit that those around us will see him through us.
Believers are carriers of Holy Spirit and our very presence in the world expose show the world to what they are missing.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me to live in such a way that you can show Christ to the world around me. Amen.
Principle: The Holy Spirit has come to reveal the purposes of God and to reveal why the world is ruled by sin rather than righteousness. How does that through the witness of those who have already been renewed by the Holy Spirit.
Affirmation: Holy Spirit has convicted me of sin, righteousness and judgment. Therefore his life in me is a witness to those who are around me.
Reflection: In this devotion we are told that Holy Spirit will speak to the world about Jesus. How is He to do that? What part to we, as believers, play in the revelation of God's will and purposes to the world?