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When He Comes

“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8)

It is my belief that in the Church of Jesus Christ the least appreciated member of the God-Head is the Holy Spirit, yet, He is an essential asset to the follower of Jesus Christ the Christian. The Christian lives their life glorifying God the Father through Jesus Christ and the Christian lives His life for Jesus Christ by the indwelling of His Spirit the Holy Spirit. Jehovah Jireh, “The LORD Will Provide” equips the follower of Jesus for the mission to “Go and make disciples of all the nations.” (Matthew 28:19) It is His Spirit living within us that empowers us to be His instruments to accomplish His will, His plan and purpose for our life. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

The Holy Spirit is not vague, He is not a shadow of the Father or the Son, and He is not an impersonal force that hovers above us but a personal force that lives in us. The Holy Spirit is God’s power empowering our lives to eternity. The Holy Spirit is the third member of our Triune God which is separate in identity yet equal in attributes, power and authority. This is the power of God living within the Christian and this power will enable the Christian to overcome the world and live eternally in the Kingdom of God. This was in answer to the prayer of Jesus on the eve of His crucifixion. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)

When Nicodemus came to Jesus to inquire of Him Jesus told Nicodemus one must be born again. We are born of the flesh but to see God we must be born of the Spirit. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) When a person believes upon the name of Jesus and receives Him into his heart that person experiences a rebirth of the spirit. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) It is then that God will indwell that person through the Holy Spirit. The Christian is a Temple belonging to God. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

We were created in the image of God, (Genesis 1:26) we are a person because God is a person and the Holy Spirit is a person. The Holy Spirit has intellect as we do. “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:11) As we have emotions so does the Holy Spirit as we were created in His image. “Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me” (Romans 15:30) The Holy Spirit as God has a will the same as we who have free will. “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:11)

The Holy Spirit’s primary role in the life of the Christian is to bear witness of Jesus Christ, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” (John 16:14) He is referred to as the Spirit of Truth and He will fill the hearts of Christians with the truth of Jesus. The Holy Spirit continues the work of the Greatest Teacher Jesus Christ. “Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.” (1 Corinthians 2:11-13) The Holy Spirit bears witness to Jesus and through the Spirit we recall all that Jesus has taught. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)

As the Christian is to be no longer of the world but to be citizens of the Kingdom of God we experience a renewing of the mind by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Christian no longer lives in the character of the worldly but grows in the character of God. This is not something that the maturing Christian can do for he would only be an imitator of God. The Christian is to grow into the image of his Creator from which he was created. In this process we will take on the attributes of God through the work of the Holy Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) It is admirable for the Christian to strive to develop this qualities but it is better to surrender and allow the Spirit to produce these characteristics in our lives. Therefore, the Christian is to walk in the Spirit, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)

If the Christian’s life is to walk in the Spirit, then he must be led by the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit one must be filed by the Spirit. The word filled does not carry the ideal of a glass being filled by water but that of a sail boats sail being filled by the wind. The wind is the power that moves the sail boat to its destination. The Spirit is the power that moves the Christian to his destination. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)

The Holy Spirit enables the Christian to testify of His personal relationship to Jesus Christ and is the power that will draw hearts to Christ. The Holy Spirit not only works for the believer but through the believer for the benefit of the un-believer. “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8)

In the power of the Word of God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of its sin. For the believer the Spirit reproves to cause the believer to live upon his convictions found in the Word of God, the words of Jesus his Lord and Savior. For the un-believer the Spirit convicts him of his rebellious ways towards the truth of God’s Word causing him to repent and turn towards the truths of the Scriptures.

God hates sin and sin will bring judgment upon the sinner and the wages of that sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Sin is the root of all the ills of mankind and the root of sin is unbelief in God’s Word. To reject God’s Word, to reject Jesus Christ is an aggravated from of unbelief. The Holy Spirit brings this truth to bear upon the conscience of the sinner. This pressure of sins awareness does not remove the sin but intensifies the sense of sin in the unbeliever’s life. “Concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.” (John 16:9) Rejecting Jesus as the way, the truth and the life, (John 14:6) leaves a soul as an enemy to God. “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

He will convict men of righteousness. The standard to enter into divine fellowship with God is righteousness. No man has achieved righteousness on his own merit. God became man in the person of His Son Jesus to live a righteous life and become the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world. That is, all sin, past, present and future. Jesus was crucified and shed His Holy blood for the remission of sin and died. Jesus rose form the dead on the third day in resurrection defeating the Devil and given “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18) Jesus, the Son of God, the righteous One, God’s faithful and true servant, is able to justify all in the world if they would but believe and follow Him in faith. “As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11)

The Holy Spirit convicts men that Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) That through Jesus man can find salvation from the wage of their rebellion to God’s Word. That they can find relief from God’s Law and through His grace be justified by their faith in Jesus Christ. For He is the just and the justifier. “I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26) Satan accuses man before the Father but we have an advocate who sits at the right hand of the Father who is our only judge. “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Romans 8:33-34)

The Holy Spirit convicts men of the coming judgement. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) The Prince of this world was defeated at the cross of Calvary and has been judged. Satan has been cast out. “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” (John 12:31) Satan will receive his reward for his sinfulness but man is free from the fetters of the evil one. Man has while still in this world the choice to turn from their evil ways and serve God or to reject Jesus and suffer the same destiny of the god of this world. This judgment will come and the Holy Spirit makes the conscience of man well aware. The Holy Spirit will draw men to Christ who is the One who gives life to them. “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.” (John 5:21)

The follower of Jesus Christ receives the Holy Spirit as a pledge of all the promises found in the Word of God. “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13)

When He comes, He is the beginning of the abundant life for the believer, it is a life everlasting, and a life lived in truth. “When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, July 12, 2015

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