Week 14 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was John 14-17, and 21. These chapters mainly relate Jesus’ words to His disciples before He went to the cross, as well as an account of Him having breakfast with them after He rose again.
In John 16:8-11, Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit convicting us. What is the Holy Spirit’s conviction? What does He convict us of? Does He help us to recognize when we are doing something wrong? Show us when we are headed in the wrong direction?
According to the verses mentioned above, the Holy Spirit convicts the world in three matters – in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgement. In regard to sin, because of not believing in Jesus, in regard to righteousness, because He has gone to the Father and we no longer see Him, and in regard to judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.
These verses clearly show that the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin doesn’t mean that He points out to us every time we do something wrong, but rather that He convicts us of the one sin of not believing in Jesus, and accepting Him as our Savior. God loves us and wants us to be His children, so the Holy Spirit convicts us of not believing in Christ, that we might turn to Him, believe in and receive Him, and be given the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
As believers today, the Holy Spirit convicts us of righteousness – our right-standing before God – reminding us that we are forgiven, accepted, and loved by our Heavenly Father. He also convicts us of judgement in that our enemy, the devil, has been judged, for Christ disarmed principalities and powers, triumphing over them at the cross (Colossians 2:15). He convicts us of the fact that the enemy has been defeated!
The Holy Spirit convicts us of the sin of not believing in Jesus, of our right-standing before our Heavenly Father, and of the fact that our enemy, the devil, has been judged, and stands defeated. What a wonderful blessing His conviction is!