How the Holy Spirit Convicts the world.

John 16:8–11

LAST WEEK IDEA: The Holy Spirit provides comforts.

Christ’s departure was necessary to the Comforter’s coming.

His bodily presence could be only in one place at one time, but his Spirit is every where, in all places, at all times.

IDEA: The Holy Spirit convicts me.

In verse 8, we find the word convict. This word has two meanings: 1) the judicial act of conviction with a view toward sentencing. 2) the act of convincing. In this context, the 2nd meaning is best since the purpose of the Holy Spirit is not condemnation, but conviction of the need for the Savior.

Romans 8:1–2 — So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

The Holy Spirit removes all doubt of our guilt from our heart. Satan tries to remind us of the guilt.

At the point of salvation we were released from prison. Satan loves to walk us back to that dark place where we were once held captive.

The purpose of the Holy Spirit is not condemnation, but conviction of the need for the Savior.

In verse 9, the Holy Spirit convicts this world of Sin.

In context, the sin that verse 9 is speaking of is that of unbelief in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God.

John 3:5–8 says, “ Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

Jesus tells Nicodemus that you do not know when the wind is coming and you do not know when the wind is leaving, but you know when the wind is present. One can ignore when the Holy Spirit is present and convicting the lost of their need for Jesus or surrender to the Spirit and declare Jesus as Lord.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

The sad reality is many will die in their sins while trying to buy their way into Heaven with good works.

John 8:24, says, “That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that i am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”

One can spend an entire lifetime working for salvation and the works will never be good enough because we need the righteousness of Jesus. Our sins were nailed to the cross so that we may be forgiven and experience life abundantly.

In verse 10, the Holy Spirit convicts this world of Righteousness.

Humanity has one thing in common, we were all born into sin. By nature, we are proud, selfish, and our hearts are dark. The Holy Spirit’s purpose in verse 10 is to shatter self-righteousness, exposing the darkness of the heart.

John 3:19–21 says, “And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

While Jesus was on earth, He performed this task as He would constantly battle with the Pharisees. The religious leaders looked clean on the outside, but their hearts were dark and dirty. With Jesus gone to the Father, the Holy Spirit continues His convicting role.

Acts 2:33 says, “Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.”

In v.11, the Holy Spirit convicts this world of Judgment.

While Christ’s death looked like Satan’s greatest victory, it actually was Satan’s destruction. Satan thought he had one when Jesus went to the cross, then the grave and he would have had Jesus stayed in the grave.

Colossians 2:15 says, “In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”

The Spirit will lead sinners to true judgment. One day, we will all stand before the Lord at the great judgement. You will either join Satan in hell or the Lord in heaven. If your name is found in the book of life because at one point you realized you were a sinner in need of the Savior Jesus, then you will enter heaven.

Hebrews 3:12–15 says, “Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”
by Tim O'Carroll

Daily Bible Reading

Day 1: John 3:1–8

Day 2: John 3:9–17

Day 3: John 3:18–21

Day 4: Romans 8:1–4

Day 5: Romans 10:9–13

Day 6: Colossians 2:13–15

Day 7: Revelation 20:10–15