The One Who Convicts

  • Text: John 15:26—16:14
  • Series: The Third Person, Pt. 1
  • Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018 – AM
  • Venue: Trinity Baptist Church – Seminole, Oklahoma
  • Speaker: Jared Byrns
  • Audio: mp3

When we think of God, and when we think of our worship, we as Baptists have not always done a great job of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit. And I say that as a lifelong, dyed-in-the-wool Baptist: that name means something to me, and the doctrine means something to me. But I think we should also examine where we fall short sometimes, and we don’t give the Holy Spirit always the emphasis that He deserves. Part of that may be because we’ve looked across the aisle at our charismatic brethren and said, ‘we don’t want to…’—as a matter of fact I’ve been told by a preachers of previous generations, ‘Oh, we don’t do X, Y, and Z because that’s what the charismatics do.’ And I’ll say, ‘Well, it says in God’s Word, we’re supposed to.’ For example, raising hands in church—you don’t raise hands in church. Well, why not? The Bible says to lift up holy hands to the Lord. ‘Well, that’s what the charismatics do.’ Okay? So if the charismatics obey God, we can’t too? See, I didn’t understand.

We don’t emphasize too much the Holy Spirit because that’s what the charismatics do. That’s a problem. And as I tell you that I’m not saying that we need to start speaking in tongues and jumping over things. I’m not convinced that’s how the Holy Spirit works today. On the whole matter of speaking in tongues, I’ve told you before, I’m not going to put God in a box and tell Him that He can’t speak to us in that way. But as I read the Scriptures, I believe that that was for a specific time and a specific purpose. And now that we have the full canon of Scripture, I don’t believe that’s how God normally speaks to people. I’ll put it that way. God can do whatever He wants, but I don’t think that’s normally how He operates today.

But my point in all of this being: we have, for whatever reason, whether it’s that we’re uncomfortable with it or whether it’s because it’s what that group over there does—we have sort of pushed the Holy Spirit back to where we admit He’s God, that He’s the Third Person of the Trinity; but we don’t emphasize Him. We don’t really, if I can say it this way, we as Baptists don’t always treat Him like He matters. And as I’ve been looking for where we’re going to go next in our studies, it just kept coming back to me by various conversations I’ve had and by various things I’ve studied; it kept coming back to me: the Holy Spirit—that we would do well to pay more attention to the Holy Spirit. And I’ve already said that that doesn’t mean speaking in tongues, miraculous healings, and all that. When I say paying attention to the Spirit, I mean looking for the leadership of the Holy Spirit, listening for the Holy Spirit, and being led by the Holy Spirit. That when we make a decision, we don’t just say, ‘What do I want to do? What sounds good to me?’ We pray, and we study God’s Word, and we seek to hear what the Holy Spirit of God would reveal to us. You know, there is that still small voice that you, as a believer should have as someone who is indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God. You should have that voice, and you should listen to it.

And you may, as a believer this morning say, ‘Well, I’ve never heard God speak to me. I’ve never heard this small voice you’re talking about. I’ve never heard the Holy Spirit.’ Then we’re probably not listening. When I don’t hear what’s going on, it’s because I’m not paying attention. There are times I have to come back and tell my wife, ‘I’m sorry I didn’t hear the last 20 words you said because I was already onto the next thing in my brain. I wasn’t listening. I heard the first part. I didn’t hear the last part.’ I have to tell her, ‘I wasn’t listening, so I didn’t hear you.’ And she says, ‘Yeah, I know you weren’t listening.’

We need to listen for the Holy Spirit. And over the next four weeks, we’re going to look at some things in God’s Word—We don’t have time in four weeks to cover everything that the Holy Spirit does, every role that He plays in our lives, or everything that He means. But over the next four weeks, we’re going to begin to scratch the surface and see what are the things that the Bible tells us about the Holy Spirit and how does that affect our lives? Because it’s very easy to believe—and this is the trap I think we’ve fallen into—by and large, maybe you’re the exception, but by and large as Baptists, I think this is the trap that we’ve fallen into: We have a theological understanding or a theological concept that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead, and that’s as far as it goes because it never plays any role in our everyday life outside of talking about the theology of it, maybe on Sundays. I want us to look at God’s Word and say, ‘What role does the Holy Spirit play, and what can I do to listen better for what He has to say? And we’re going to begin that journey by looking at the end of John chapter 15 and the beginning of John chapter 16, where Jesus talks about sending the Holy Spirit. And one other thing I’ll caution you about on this as we get started is that we think in terms of the Holy Spirit dealing with believers. When we think about the Holy Spirit being active in our world, it’s typically just in dealing with believers, but the Holy Spirit has a role beyond just speaking to and leading believers. The Holy Spirit is in the world. He indwells us. He’s in, within, and among us; but He also bears testimony of Jesus Christ to the world.

And so as we look at the various roles that the Holy Spirit plays this morning, we’re going to look at His role as the Convict-er—as the One Who convicts us. And we’re going to look at what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit. In this passage, we’re going to look at how Jesus not only promises to send the Holy Spirit after He leaves, but He also discusses the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the midst of a world that is really kind of hostile toward the Son and estranged from the father. And it’s into that world that the Holy Spirit came to minister. So we look at chapter 15, starting at verse 26. Jesus says, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.”

I thought of this this week, because Charla was looking for bedding. I started cracking up when she was talking to me about comforters while I was studying this passage, and I said I was going to ask you all on Sunday morning: What’s the difference between my wife and Jesus? Jesus said He’d send a Comforter; my wife promised to spend on a comforter. And she did—lots of money. Anyway, I don’t tell many jokes from the pulpit, and I guess you can tell why now. He promised to send a Comforter. He promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. And this question came up Wednesday night: Why did Jesus leave? Why was it important that Jesus ascended to the father and the Holy Spirit came instead? And I said, ‘We can look at that in the future and try to give you some more answers. But the quick answer I’ve come up with (because I’ve thought about it in preparing for this message): Jesus in His bodily form could be in one place at a time. So Jesus ascends and sends a Spirit—sends the Holy Spirit of God, Who is the Third Person of the Trinity, and exist without a body. He can indwell all of us at the same time. The same Holy Spirit that indwells me indwells each believer in this room. The same Holy Spirit that indwells each believer in this room indwells all believers in our state and in our country. And right now, there are believers all across the globe who are indwelled by the same Holy Spirit of God. And He’s able to minister to us all at the same time. And so Jesus promised to send this Comforter. “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning” (John 15:26-27).

Believers are called to witness about Jesus Christ in this world. Okay? He says that you will bear witness because you’ve been with me from the beginning. He’s talking to the disciples there. Now, there are other places where Jesus, after His crucifixion, tells not only those who have been with Him from the beginning but those who will come after, that we are to be witnesses of Him to the uttermost parts of the world. He tells us in Acts 1:8, that we will be His witnesses; that we’ll testify of Him in Jerusalem, and Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the Earth. And you and I are part of that outermost parts of the earth, and our job is not done yet. He calls believers to witness about Jesus Christ to the world. And if we look at verses 1 through 3—we’re going to go into chapter 16 now: “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” So He tells them, ‘You’re going to go out, and you’re going to testify of me. That’s your job.’ And we’re told that we’re supposed to testify of Him regardless of what it costs. It’s going to cost us something.

Now we have a little bit of a persecution complex in this country where we haven’t experienced real persecution. And so for us, it feels like we’re persecuted when we’re made fun of. We could easily cry persecution because of what Joy Behar said about mental illness, when you think Jesus is talking to you. And I’m just going to ask, does what Joy Behar thinks about you—or Omarosa, or any of these people who were talking about Mike Pence having a mental illness because Jesus talks to him—does what they say or do anything to your life? Does it affect you in any way? If it wasn’t for the ridiculous things like that, that they say, I wouldn’t know who Joy Behar and Omarosa were. Okay? They have no effect on my life, so we’re not persecuted. But the fact is, it will cost you something. It may cost you time; it may cost you convenience; it may cost you embarrassment. Sometimes we have to get over our self-consciousness and go talk to somebody.

It can sometimes cost you relationships. I was reading an article yesterday about a Jewish man who came to Christ, and his family completely disowned him. And he thought he had reconciled with his brother, who came to be best man at his wedding when he married a Christian girl. And his brother showed up and acted like everything was fine, and came to do the toast as the best man, and said to the new wife, ‘I hope he doesn’t tear your family apart like he has ours,’ and set the mic down and walked out. It cost this man his family to follow Jesus Christ—to testify of Jesus Christ. It cost him something. It’s costing some people in certain parts of the world their livelihoods and their lives to testify of Jesus Christ. For you and me, the cost is relatively small. It’s relatively small. But it doesn’t matter whether it’s a large cost or a small cost: Jesus gave us this job, and He told them—and the same thing for us—there’s going to come a time when “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:2). That’s exactly what Saul of Tarsus, who later became the apostle Paul, thought. He was rounding up the Christians to kill them and thought he was working for God. So they were told, there’s going to come a time when you may even die for this. You’re still supposed to do it, and that’s true for us. If we’re supposed to be faithful, even unto death, we can be faithful through the little inconveniences that it causes us. And He says, “These things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me” (John 16:3). They’re hostile because they have not experienced themselves the forgiveness and the reconciliation that’s available with the father through the son.

Verse 4 says, “But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.” so He’s talking about how He’s going to leave and how He needs to leave, and He hasn’t told them all of these things from the very beginning because He was with them. There was no need in the three years prior to start out with, ‘Hey, I’m leaving soon.’ Instead, He trained them and He discipled them for three years, and when it was time, when they were ready, He said, ‘I’m going away now.’ He said, ‘but you’re not even asking, as I’m telling you that I’m going away, you’re not even asking where I’m going. You’re just sad.’ and we see that when Jesus was crucified, the disciples were broken Men over what had just happened—over what they felt they had lost. And yet still they were to go out and testify of Jesus Christ. So they’re supposed to go regardless of the cost; we’re supposed to go, regardless of the cost, and regardless of whether or not we feel like it. We are called to be witnesses of Jesus Christ In the world. Now, bringing this all back together with the Holy Spirit, He said in verse 26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” Don’t miss the last five words of that verse: “he shall testify of me.”

Before Jesus ever starts talking to them in verse 27 about how they are to go and be witnesses, right before that, He prefaces everything with those five words, “he shall testify of me.” Then it’s the Spirit Who witnesses on Jesus’ behalf. We go and open our mouths, yes, but it’s the Spirit Who makes it all connect. And it took me a long time to realize this, that it’s not up to me and my words to convince and persuade and twist somebody’s arm. That takes a lot of pressure off of you when you realize you don’t have to have all the answers to talk to somebody about Jesus Christ, because the Spirit is the One Who makes it all click. Now we should prepare ourselves, and we should study, and we should be able to present the Gospel, but when the Gospel is spoken, it is the Spirit that gives words to the believers.

In Luke chapter 12, Jesus told them, “when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost,” meaning the Holy Spirit, “the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say” (Luke 12:11-12). When you’re called upon to witness to somebody for the Gospel, When you’re called upon to give testimony of Jesus Christ to a hostile world, Don’t be afraid because when you open your mouth to give those words, the Holy Spirit will lead you in what to say. And I can’t tell you how many times that’s happened to me just in preaching: that I get up here and preach a message, and I think, ‘where did that come from?’ Because that was not at all what I had planned to say. But you get into the word, and the Spirit leads you in a certain direction, and off you go.

So all we’re called to do is open our mouths, and the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say. God understands that we are weak vessels. We are feeble. Even the Apostle Paul talked about how he was used by God because God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. That the Apostle Paul—think about this—the Apostle Paul, even with all of his intelligence, even with all of his education, even with all of his study, of the scriptures, still felt like he was at times inadequate for the task of confronting the world with the Gospel. And yet God gave him the words. God’s Holy Spirit gave him the words that were needed in just the right time. How much more can God give you the words, or can the Holy Spirit speak through you when you feel inadequate? All we’re called to do is be faithful and open our mouths.

So when the Gospel is spoken, He gives words to the believers. When the gospel is spoken, He gives understanding to the hearers. In Acts chapter 16, it says, “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul” (Acts 16:14). The Holy Spirit had led Paul—if memory serves correctly—had led Paul to go and minister in that place, to begin with, because Paul wanted to go continue preaching through what’s now Turkey. The Holy Spirit slammed those doors shut and said, ‘no, you’re going to go over to Greece, and you’re going to preach there.’ And when he arrives, he runs into Lydia; and it says after the Holy Spirit led him to her, the Lord opened her heart to receive the words that he preached. The Holy Spirit was there preparing the ground for the planting of the Gospel.

So it’s not up to me or up to you to have just the right words. It’s up to us to open our mouths, and it’s up to the Holy Spirit to speak through us, to guide our speech. But just as importantly, it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to prepare the heart of the hearer. I don’t know about you, but that takes a lot of pressure off of me: realizing my only job is to go where He tells me and open my mouth. Because a lot of our objections to sharing the gospel have to do with: ‘well, I don’t know how. I don’t know what to say.’ but He takes care of that. As I’ve mentioned already, Jesus, in His human incarnation, He was only in one place at a time. They didn’t want Him to leave. They were sad, as it talks about in verse 6, that He was about to leave, but He told them it was better He did because He would send a Comforter. And this Holy Spirit Who is a spirit without flesh and bone, He can be everywhere, and He can minister to and among and through God’s people anywhere in the world.

That’s why He says in verse 7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” That word expedient—He’s saying, ‘it’s better if I leave.’ I can’t imagine it being better without Jesus, but yet Jesus says, it is better because we have the Spirit of God. We could travel to one place in the world and have access to the son of God in physical form, or we could have the Spirit of God—the Spirit of God—that goes with us Everywhere we are: the Comforter. And the Comforter comes with a message of conviction. I realized that sounds like a paradox to say He’s a Comforter and He comes with a message of conviction because conviction is not comforting.

I’ve learned over the years, conviction will lead you closer to God or it will lead you to rebel more against God, but the one thing it will not allow you to do is to stand still. The Comforter though comes with a message of conviction, because it says in verse 8, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” Reproof means to show where somebody is wrong, to show where somebody is an error. Reproof is not always a fun thing. He says He will “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” Then Jesus goes on to explain what all these things mean, this message of conviction “Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

So there’s this message of conviction where men need to realize that sin is real and that we’re all in sin—where men need to realize that God, in contrast, is totally righteous and our sin falls short of God’s righteousness; and judgment because God, the righteous will stand in judgment over sinners and judge us and condemn us and punish us when we refuse to repent. So He brings this message of conviction to the world and leads men to the truth on that basis. It says in verses 12 through 14, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” When the Holy Spirit comes, He will guide you into all truth. I think we’re going to look at this verse a little more in-depth in coming weeks, but suffice it to say, the Holy Spirit will guide you to the truth.

The Holy Spirit will guide you to the truth and will never, ever mislead you. “For he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” meaning He will receive the things that have to do with Jesus Christ, And He will reveal those to mankind. He will show it unto you. And so in this passage, Jesus described some of what the Holy Spirit does, particularly His impact on a non-believing world. And this brings us to the four points of the message that we’ll go through fairly quickly this morning: that the Holy Spirit convicts the non-believing world with four messages. There are four messages that the Holy Spirit brings to the non-believing world. So as we’re out in the midst of a world filled with people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ, when we find ourselves talking to a friend or a neighbor, or a loved one who does not believe in Jesus Christ, and as we talk to them about the Gospel, not only is He giving us the words to share the gospel with them and working on their hearts, but these are the messages that He works on their hearts with.

First of all, you have sinned against God. That’s a message that the Holy Spirit imparts to the non-believing world. When they will listen, when they will hear Him, He is telling them, you’ve sinned against God. Now He says this in verse 9, that the Holy Spirit is going to convict them “Of sin, because they believe not on me.” And now He’s talking about the people in Jesus’ day who were about to crucify Him. Their hearts were so filled with rebellion against God that they would reject and crucify His son—even though God foreknew that it would happen; God knew about it in advance. They were so in rebellion against God that they would end up rejecting and crucifying His son because He didn’t come in the form they expected Him to. ‘God, who cares what you said? This is what we expected, and so this is what we want.’

That’s rebellion. Their rejection of Jesus is one of many evidences, but it’s the greatest evidence of man’s sinfulness: the way we reject the son of God. And the Holy Spirit draws our attention to the many ways we fall short of God’s perfect standard. This is just one of the many ways that we know we’re sinful. But it says, “Of sin, because they believe not on me.” The fact that they were so sinful and so rebellious toward God, that they were unwilling. They were unwilling to receive the offer of salvation that Jesus Christ brought. They were so in rebellion against God that they were unwilling to accept the son of God and wanted to crucify Him instead, and that’s one of the greatest evidences of mankind’s sinfulness. And Jesus said the Holy Spirit was going to convict men of that sin. And so when the Holy Spirit works on the hearts of people around us, one thing He’s telling us, one thing that He’s drawing our attention to is the many ways we fall short of God’s perfect standard.

You’ve sinned against God. And this is borne out in Romans 3:23 when it says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” God’s standard is absolute sinless perfection, and each and every one of us have fallen short of that. We’ve sinned in some way. We’ve disobeyed God in some way. We’ve rejected Him. And when He sent His son to reconcile us to Him after that rejection, we rejected the Son as well.

The second message He brings to the non-believing heart is: you need the righteousness of Christ. You need the righteousness of Christ. You have sinned against God and so you need the righteousness of Christ. He says in verse 10 that the Holy Spirit will convict “Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more.” Now, those who rejected Jesus in His day, those who were about to reject Him and crucify Him, they considered Him to be unrighteous. They considered Him to be a blasphemer. They considered Him to be somebody Who led the People Astray. And so they crucified Him for it. They considered Him to be an evildoer. And so they were putting themselves in a morally superior position to Jesus. They were saying, ‘you’re unrighteous and we are righteous. We’re walking in the truth, so we’re above you and we’ve got to do something about it.’ and they put Him to death for that reason. But unfortunately for them or maybe better said, unfortunately for their point of view, His resurrection and His ascension validated His claims. I was reading an article this week where a Jewish apologist, said ‘even if He rose from the dead, that doesn’t prove anything.’ Okay, then we have a fundamental difference of opinion about what proof means because people don’t rise from the dead. So for Him to rise from the dead, for me proves everything, and we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one.

His resurrection and ascension validated His claims. The fact that He rose again from the dead—and by the way, people are still trying to say, ‘well, they stole His body.’ The same Jewish apologist said, ‘well, somebody came and took the body out of the tomb and buried it in the sands in the gardens so the disciples couldn’t find it to steal it.’ then when they started claiming He rose again from the dead, why didn’t you dig the body out of the sand and show it to the people? It wasn’t there. He rose again from the dead, and then He ascended in the sight of witnesses who died rather than deny what they saw. He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. That validated His claims that He was sent by God. So the One they concluded unrighteous was the One Whose righteousness they so desperately needed.

His resurrection and ascension prove everything that He said about himself. And while they were busy trusting in their own righteousness, He was teaching them that they didn’t have enough. It’s the righteousness of Christ that we need. The Holy Spirit shows us that our goodness is insufficient for God. And if people will listen to the Holy Spirit, they’ll realize that they will never be good enough for God. The amount of righteousness that we need to have a relationship with God, to be reconciled to Him, to be welcomed into His heaven is far beyond what we could ever attain. What we need is the righteousness of Christ credited to our account. That’s why II Corinthians chapter 5 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21). And the Holy Spirit is convicting the world of righteousness because we need the righteousness of Christ.

Third of all, the Holy Spirit convicts the non-believing heart with the message: You will not escape the judgment of God. If people will listen to the urgings and promptings of the Holy Spirit, they will be told they will not escape the judgment of God. And if you’re not a believer this morning, that’s a message for you as well. You will not escape the judgment of God just like I would not escape the judgment of God. Anybody in here would not escape the judgment of God. It’s not because we’re better; it’s not because we’re Christians and so we can look down on everybody. It’s because we realized how sinful we were and how in danger of judgment we were, and we accepted the mercy that was offered in Jesus Christ, and we’re covered in His blood and filled with His righteousness. And those sins of ours have been judged at the cross.

He says, the Holy Spirit will convict “Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” all of their authorities that stood in judgment over Jesus were going to be judged by Him. All the rulers, all the princes of this world will be judged. Those who stood in judgment over Jesus and said, ‘oh you’re, you’re a blasphemer. You’re this, you’re that.’ They’re going to be in turn, judged by Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that even Satan will face his day of reckoning. There is no power in this world that will escape the judgment of Jesus Christ. II Timothy chapter 4 tells us that Jesus will one day judge the living and the dead. If you read that in the King James, it says, “the quick and the dead” (II Timothy 4:1). That doesn’t mean people who can run fast. Quick is an old English term for somebody being alive. He’ll judge the living and the dead. And the Holy Spirit warns us that no one is exempt from the judgment.

Our sins have to be paid for in one way, shape or form. And you can either spend eternity separated from God dealing with your punishment in hell, or you can accept the mercy that’s been offered by Jesus Christ, and He will consider that your sins were judged and paid for at the cross. Romans chapter 1 tells us, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold,” or withhold “the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). And Hebrews chapter 2 says, “For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him?” (Hebrews 2:2-3). If every transgression is going to be rewarded—if everything we do is going to be rewarded, how will we escape If we neglect the salvation? The truth is, and the Holy Spirit reveals and convicts, that we will not escape the judgment of God on our own.

The fourth thing that He convicts the unbelieving heart with is this: You need Jesus to be your savior. You need Jesus to be your savior. We look at the bookends of this passage, John 15:26 and John 16:14, where we began and where we ended. John 15:26 says, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” Meaning He’ll receive the things about me, the teachings about me. He will receive the Gospel and shall show it unto you. And it is the Holy Spirit that convicts the hearts of men and draws people to Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus Christ, making the case to our hearts, our minds, and our consciences, that Jesus is Who He says He is and that He came to save sinners just like you and me. The Holy Spirit testifies that when Jesus said, I’ve “come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), it wasn’t just idle talk. It was the promise of God the son—and that when He said He came to seek and save that which was lost, He did exactly that. And because of that, the Holy Spirit calls us to forsake our self-righteousness. He was talking—Jesus was talking to a culture that was very steeped in self-righteousness. The idea that I’m good enough isn’t God lucky to have me. I don’t need Jesus. I don’t need a savior. I don’t need forgiveness. I don’t need church. I don’t need blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.’

I can do it myself. Sounds like a lot of what is said in our culture. I don’t need this. I don’t need that. I’m fine just the way I am. The Holy Spirit brings a message that we’re not fine the way we are. We’re filled with sin and we need Jesus as our savior. And so He calls us to forsake our self-righteous attitude and our rebellion, admit our sin and our helplessness to save ourselves, and receive the mercy offered by the father through the son’s sacrifice. Folks, the Holy Spirit does a lot in the lives of believers, but before we get into that the next few weeks, it’s important to start here when Jesus talks about sending the Holy Spirit and see the role that the Holy Spirit plays in making believers in the first place. As the Holy Spirit will speak through you and me, as He’ll prepare the hearts of people, He is speaking These four messages: that we’ve all sinned, that we need the righteousness of Christ, that we will not escape the judgment of God, and that we need Jesus Christ as our savior. As we go and share the gospel, the Holy Spirit is already in the world preparing hearts of people to hear it. It doesn’t guarantee that they’ll respond the first time they hear it, but folks, it should encourage us that before we go and work up the courage to go share the gospel with somebody with that friend, with that neighbor with that family member, that the Holy Spirit has already been there and done that. The Holy Spirit is already preparing the soil. And after you leave from planting the seed, the Holy Spirit remains watering that seed. And through it all the Holy Spirit, God gives the increase. The Holy Spirit is testifying of Jesus to a dark world and convicting of Sin and judgment and righteousness and the need for Jesus Christ.

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