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John 16:8 – The Holy Spirit Convicts a Believer of Righteousness not of Sin
The biggest lie that the Devil has been able to convince Christians is that the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin. The religious picture of the Holy Spirit is your school principal scolding you when you are doing something wrong has been propagated for centuries. But the Bible never says that “The Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin”.
No, not even once. What about John 16:8 then?
And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin 1 , and of righteousness 2 , and of judgment 3 : ~ John 16:8
Many use John 16:8 to claim that the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin. Read it slowly, three times, a hundred times if you need to. Does it say that?
The Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin. Comma. And of righteousness to another player, and of Judgment to the third person.
Woah, hold the phone. Do I sound like I am using the verse to explain my agenda, am I taking the verse out of context? How do I claim that there are three players and three different convictions here?
Conviction of the Holy Spirit in the Correct Context, John 16:8 explained
Preachers who use John 16:8 to claim the holy spirit convicts a believer of sin do not read further to the next verses, John 16:9-11. It becomes very clear when you read a verse in its full context.
of sin 1 , because they do not believe in Me 1 ; of righteousness 2 , because I go to My Father and you 2 see Me no more ; of judgment 3 , because the ruler of this world 3 is judged. ~ John 16:9-11
The #1 players are people of the world, who don’t believe in Jesus and his finished works on the cross. The #2 players are the disciples, the believers. And finally, the #3 player is the devil, the ruler of the world.
Why is it when people claim that The Holy Spirit Convicts a believer of sin they all so conveniently ignore verses 9 to 11?
Three different players, Three different convictions by the Holy Spirit.
Knowing how The Bible addresses separately the Jews, the gentiles, the Church, the believers, the Devil, and at times specific individuals is one of the ways of Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth .
It is crucial to rightly divide John 16:8 and not mix them up. Some of the biggest heretical theologies are created when everything written in the Bible is thought to be for the Church or the believer.
- The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin , not sins, but sin. He convicts us of only one sin which is unbelief in Jesus.
- He convicts the believer of righteousness . Since we don’t see Jesus physically, sometimes it’s easy to forget that Jesus is on our side. He is our advocate on the father’s right hand.
- And finally, the Holy Spirit convicts the ruler of the world that is the devil of Judgment .
The only sin the Holy Spirit convicts an unbeliever is the sin of not accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Not Homosexuality, not addiction, not prostitution but he convicts of only one sin that is unbelief in Jesus and his finished works on the cross.
The Holy Spirit points the believer to his/her righteousness found in the perfect works Jesus accomplished on the cross. Even when we sin he reminds us of our righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
The Holy Spirit convicts the devil of judgment, he cannot do anything to change that. The only thing he can do is accuse the believers.
The devil has succeeded in his mission by convincing the Church that his job of convicting the believer of sin is done by the Holy Spirit. The conviction that falls on him he puts it on the church when preachers claim God will judge them based on their behavior.
Role of The Holy Spirit
So, what does convict mean? The Greek word used for convict in the Bible is ἐλέγχω which means to bring to light or to expose. To the world, the Holy Spirit will convict or expose or bring to light their sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ. To the devil, the Holy Spirit will convict or bring to light or expose his judgment.
If the Holy Spirit does NOT convict a believer of sin, then what is the function of the Holy Spirit?
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us ; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “ Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. ” ~ Hebrews 10:15-17
The Holy Spirit witnesses to us that Our sins and our lawless deeds, God will remember No More. He convicts the believer of righteousness paid for by the finished works of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The Holy Spirit convicts or brings to light or exposes a believer of their righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
This is the antithesis of the Holy Spirit convicting a believer of sin. The complete opposite of the teaching by modern Christianity. This is why John 16:8 clearly states that the holy spirit convicts a believer of righteousness.
Conviction of the Holy Spirit and Repentance
Only the goodness of God leads a person to repentance. That goodness can only be found in the finished works on the cross.
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, ~ Romans 4:5
God justifies the ungodly, not the “repented” goodie-good Christian. The work of trying to repent and changing behavior is not what God wants. Righteousness is a gift, which when received by the unrepented, ungodly person by faith, will lead him/her to true repentance.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? ~ Romans 2:4
Good works are a fruit, not the root of the Christian faith. You can have all the outwardly good works and yet have a rotten root. Faith without works is dead , Repentance is a result of that gift.
What happens when a believer sins?
Modern Christianity teaches us that when a believer sins the holy spirit is temporarily taken away from us until we repent of our sins.
But Paul taught differently. When the Corinthian Christians went to the temple prostitutes , Paul did not remind them of their sinfulness.
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Notice Paul still declares that they have the Holy Spirit even when the Corinthian Christians committed sexual immorality. This is contrary to the modern teaching of religious Christianity.
Paul was giving Grace to these Corinthian Christian who failed. And herein is the key to deny ungodliness.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. ~ Titus 2:11-12
Preach Grace, preach that righteousness is a gift , preach that the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of righteousness and the Grace of God will teach a believer to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
John 16:8 is used to control and keep you under the bondage of fear
There are many reasons why Christianity still preaches that The Holy Spirit Convicts a Believer of Sin even though the Bible shows the opposite.
Maybe it’s tradition, the pride of denomination, or confidence in old theologies they cannot escape from. But the primary reason is to control people and keep people under the bondage of fear.
When you put the church under the threat of fear, judgment, and condemnation, you can make more money out of the people. You can control and abuse the Church effectively using fear.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
How does reminding us of our sins by the Holy Spirit result in power, love, and a sound mind? A restless mind is an evil mind, how can that produce the fruit of the spirit?
Proponents of the Theology of “The Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin” love to mix conviction of the world of sin and convicting the believer of righteousness.
When they realize that John 16:8 does not say that the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin, they resort to this tactic saying “First, The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and then after we repent he convicts us of righteousness”.
This tactic is used to put you under the box of their idea of righteousness and good behavior using fear. Essentially, they want you to change your behavior by your effort instead of being justified by faith in the finished works on the cross and Jesus’s resurrection.
Conclusion: The Holy Spirit Convicts a Believer of Righteousness, not of Sin
Herein is the long con game played by the devil, the conviction that is supposed to be on the world and the judgment on himself, he has managed to put it on the believers.
Don’t forget Jesus died on the cross for our past, present, and future sins. But he was raised from the dead for our justification.
who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. ~ Romans 4:25
The Devil wants to put you under the law, under the works of the flesh by propagating that theology. Only Grace is the way out of any sin, for this reason, God’s Grace was sufficient for Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh .
Preach Grace and remind the believers of their righteousness in Christ, not their sins. The Grace of God will lead the believer to bear fruit to God.
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100 Bible Verses about Holy Spirit Conviction
Ephesians 4:30 esv / 7 helpful votes helpful not helpful.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
John 16:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
Acts 2:38 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 10:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?
1 Timothy 4:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
2 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Do not quench the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Acts 1:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
John 14:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
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 have said to you.
John 14:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
John 14:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
John 6:63 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
John 6:44 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
Matthew 28:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
1 John 1:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Peter 1:21 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 10:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
Hebrews 9:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
1 Thessalonians 4:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
Romans 8:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Romans 5:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Acts 13:2-4 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Acts 5:3-4 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.”
John 5:39 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
John 3:3-8 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ ...
John 3:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 1:1-51 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ...
Luke 8:13 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Genesis 6:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”
Genesis 1:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Revelation 20:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 2:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
1 John 2:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
1 Peter 1:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
1 Peter 1:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
1 Peter 1:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 10:15-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Hebrews 9:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing
Hebrews 6:1-20 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, ...
Hebrews 3:7-9 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.
2 Timothy 3:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
2 Timothy 1:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
2 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Do not despise prophecies,
Philippians 3:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 1:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
Ephesians 1:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Ephesians 1:1-23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, ...
Galatians 2:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
2 Corinthians 6:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 1:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
Romans 15:30 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
Romans 10:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Romans 9:19-23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—
Romans 9:17 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
Romans 8:28-30 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Romans 8:26-27 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Romans 8:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Romans 8:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 3:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
Romans 1:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Acts 28:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
Acts 16:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.
Acts 13:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Acts 8:29 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
Acts 3:19 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Acts 2:37 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:33 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
Acts 2:1-3 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
Acts 1:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
John 16:13-15 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
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And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;
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And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
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Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
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Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
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“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
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Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
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5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 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. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
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And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. — John 16:8
In the Upper Room, as Jesus continued teaching about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, He said, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Let’s talk about what Jesus meant when He said the Holy Spirit would “reprove” the world of sin.
The word “reprove” is the Greek word elegcho . It means t o expose , t o convict , o r to cross-examine for the purpose of conviction — as in convicting a lawbreaker in a court of law. The Holy Spirit will begin to deal with the heart of an unbeliever, and by the time He is finished, that lost, sinful soul will feel exposed and convicted. As the Holy Spirit enables that person to hear the Word of God for the first time, the razor-sharp sword of the Word will penetrate his soul until he feels as if he has been cross-examined on a witness stand. Finally, the court will be adjourned, the verdict announced, and he will kn o w on the inside that he is guilty of sin.
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This is p r ecisel y what a sinner feels when the Holy Spirit convicts him of sin. It is amazing how long a sinner can live without conviction or godly sorrow for his behavior — how long he can be nearly numb to any sense of wrongness regarding his sinful actions. The Bible says that sin has made unbelievers to be hardhearted, spiritually blind, and past feeling ( se e Ephesians 4:18,19). But those factors change instantly when the Holy Spirit touches the human soul and exposes its sinful condition. Exposed, naked, confronted — that is exactly what a sinner feels when the Holy Spirit wakes him up to his true spiritual condition.
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict sinners of their lost condition. The whole world stands guilty before God ( se e Romans 3:19), but the lost don’t realize they are guilty until that moment when the Holy Spirit reveals it to them.
Jesus stated, “No man can come unto me, except the Father…draw him” (John 6:44). This drawing of a person’s heart to Jesus is done through the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus reminded us of this when He said, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin” (John 16:8). Without the work of the Holy Spirit to expose our sinful condition, we would still remain in darkness today, eternally lost and without God.
It is amazing to me that a person can be in sin, and even understand that he is in sin, yet nonetheless fail to grasp the real eternal consequences of what that means. He can even be in a church service where he hears about sin and acknowledges that the sermon is true and that he’s a sinner — yet leave that service and continue living the same lifestyle he did before he got there.
But something happens when the Holy Spirit begins to work in that person’s soul. He lovingly cross-examines that person, until finally He brings him to a place of confrontation. It is at this point that invisible scales fall from the person’s eyes, and he truly sees for the first time that he is in sin. This is something that can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit. When He convicts of sin, the sinner absolutel y knows that he is a sinner.
Once the Holy Spirit has lovingly brought that person to the place where he finally sees it for himself, the person has a choice: Will he stay in sin, or will he repent and turn toward God? Helping that person reach this point of decision that has such eternal consequences is the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry in his life.
It is frustrating to share Christ with family and friends and to feel as if you are “hitting a brick wall.” You share, talk, and plead with them to receive Christ, yet it seems they just can’t hear what you are saying. Even though they may acknowledge they are sinners, they may not seem to be too deeply disturbed by the implications of this fact. They just press on as though they were numb to or ignorant of the spiritual deadness in their lives.
But the Bible clearly teaches that a lost person is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Don’t forget that dead people don’t feel anything. Spiritually dead people especially don’t feel the conviction of sin. It requires a special, supernatural work of the Holy Spirit to rouse the human consciousness to realize its sinful condition.
How can you make a dead man see? How can you cause a dead man to feel? How can you convince a dead man that he needs to change? Thank God for the convicting work of the Holy Spirit! Only through the convicting power of God’s Spirit can a spiritually dead man be awakened and beckoned to Christ.
Friend, it was the Holy Spirit’s call that touched your soul, awakened you to your sinfulness, and beckoned you to Christ. Once you were brought to this place of undeniable conviction and you recognized that you were a sinner, the Spirit invited you to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord. At that divine moment, your soul heard the Holy Spirit say, “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14). And in that next moment, you were born again!
What a miracle it was when God raised our spirits from spiritual death to spiritual life. In fact, there is no greater miracle! The convicting work of the Holy Spirit is part of the foundational work that He does in our lives, but it’s certainly not the last! Tomorrow we’ll look at His work to “convince” us of our God-given righteousness. Don’t miss it!
MY PRAYER FOR TODAY
H eavenly Father, I know Jesus Christ today because of the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. I remember when You first awakened me to my sin — a realization that had never gripped me before. But when I saw my spiritual condition, I really understood that I was lost and needed to be saved. Thank You for the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and for bringing me to a place where I could be saved. I could have never arrived there on my own, so today I want to say thank You! And I trust You to complete that work in the lives of those for whom I pray to come to a saving knowledge of You.
I pray this in Jesus’ name!
MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY
I confess that the Holy Spirit is working in the lives of my family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to bring them to a place where they really see and understand their lost condition and need for salvation. Jesus Christ died for them, and He sent the Holy Spirit to draw them to Jesus. If the Holy Spirit prompts me to testify to them, I will do so, for the Holy Spirit knows how to touch each and every heart. I declare that they will finally hear, understand, and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because of the convicting and converting power of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!
QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER
- Can you remember when you were first struck by the reality of personal sin and separation from God? Where were you, and what situation produced that awareness?
- When you awakened to your need to turn from darkness to the light, how long did it take before you turned to Jesus in repentance to receive Him as your Savior and Lord?
- What unsaved individuals are on your prayer list right now? Can you think of someone who was praying for you before you came to Christ?
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And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,
Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.
and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
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"Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it. "In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction, read more. That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride; He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol. "Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones; So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food. "His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones which were not seen stick out. "Then his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to those who bring death. "If there is an angel as mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a man what is right for him, Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom'; Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor; Then he will pray to God, and He will accept him, That he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man. "He will sing to men and say, 'I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me. 'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.' "Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men, To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; read more. and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
Conviction » Instances of » Joseph's brother, on account of their cruelty to joseph
So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found.”
Then they said to one another, "Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us." Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood."
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “ I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!" So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father charged before he died, saying, 'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. read more. Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, "Behold, we are your servants." But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. "So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Conviction » Instances of » Mariners » At the preaching of jonah
The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
Conviction » Instances of » Herod, when he heard of the fame of jesus
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was happening; and he was greatly perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “ John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.”
and said to his servants, “ This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
Conviction » Instances of » The israelites » Sentenced » Wonder
When Moses spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people mourned greatly. In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge of the hill country, saying, "Here we are; we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised."
Conviction » Instances of » Pharaoh » The plague of locusts
Then Pharaoh hurriedly called for Moses and Aaron, and he said, "I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. "Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and make supplication to the LORD your God, that He would only remove this death from me."
Conviction » Instances of » Pharaoh » After the plague of hail
Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "I have sinned this time; the LORD is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones. "Make supplication to the LORD, for there has been enough of God's thunder and hail; and I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer."
Conviction » Instances of » Judas iscariot
Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." But they said, "What is that to us? See to that yourself!" And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.
Conviction » Instances of » David after the pestilence sent on account of his numbering the people
But David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was terrified by the sword of the angel of the Lord .
Conviction » Instances of » Saul, after sparing agag and the best of the spoils
Then Saul said to Samuel, “ I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
Conviction » Instances of » Adam and eve, after their disobedience
They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself."
Conviction » Instances of » Widow of zarephath, when her son died
So she said to Elijah, “ What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!”
Conviction » Instances of » Philippian jailer, after the earthquake
and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Conviction » Instances of » Felix, under the preaching of paul
But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.”
Conviction » Instances of » Mariners » After casting jonah into the sea
Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.
Conviction » Instances of » Pharaoh » The death of the firstborn
Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and go, and bless me also.”
Conviction » Instances of » Jews, when jesus commanded the guiltless man to cast the first stone at the woman taken in adultery
When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.
Conviction » Instances of » Darius, when daniel was in the lions' den
Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
Conviction » Instances of » The israelites » After » Golden calf
When the people heard this sad word, they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments.
Conviction » Instances of » The israelites » Complaints » Serpents
So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with the Lord , that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people.
Conviction » Instances of » Belshazzar, when he "saw the part of the hand that wrote,"
Then the king’s face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints went slack and his knees began knocking together.
Conviction » Instances of » Saul of tarsus, when he saw jesus on the way to damascus
but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”
Conviction » Instances of » Jonah, in the belly of the great fish
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Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “ I have sinned this time; the Lord is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones.
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40 Most Powerful Bible Scriptures on Conviction
Here are the 40 most powerful Bible scriptures on conviction.
John 16:8 “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.”
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Titus 1:9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
1 Corinthians 1:26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 Because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
Acts 16:14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.
Acts 16:29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas.
Acts 16:30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”
Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Hosea 6:1 Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
Isaiah 6:5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
James 2:9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 8:46 “Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?”
John 8:9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Jude 1:15 To execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Luke 5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Psalm 51:1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.”
Revelation 20:3 And threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Romans 2:15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.
Romans 2:4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
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The same Holy Spirit who inspired the Bible will guide your understanding of the Bible
The Bible is not merely a historical document or a compilation of human thoughts, but rather the Word of God, divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. This concept is deeply rooted in the original Hebrew and Greek texts of the Scriptures.
- The Hebrew word often used for “spirit” is “רוּחַ” (ruach), which can mean “breath,” “wind,” or “spirit.” This term underscores the life-giving, dynamic, and powerful nature of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. Similarly, in the New Testament, written in Greek, the term “πνεῦμα” (pneuma) is used for “spirit,” also meaning “breath” or “wind.” This linguistic parallel highlights the concept of divine inspiration as the breath of God infusing the Scriptures with life and authority.
- In 2 Timothy 3:16, the Greek word used for “God-breathed” is “θεόπνευστος” (theopneustos), a compound of “θεός” (Theos, meaning “God”) and “πνέω” (pneo, meaning “to breathe”), signifying that the Scriptures are literally “breathed out” by God. This concept of divine breath is crucial in understanding the nature of the Bible as not just a book, but the living Word of God, actively inspired by the Holy Spirit.
With this context in mind, the following verses offer a profound insight into the Holy Spirit’s inspiration of the Bible:
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. ( 2 Peter 1:20-21 )
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. ( 1 Thessalonians 2:13 )
The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. ( 2 Samuel 23:2 )
Thus, we see that the Holy Spirit guided (literally, breathed out ) the words of the Bible that were recorded by human scribes for us. The Bible, comprising the Old and New Testaments, is an extraordinary testament to the Holy Spirit’s work. This divine inspiration ensures that the Scriptures are not merely human words but the very words of God. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is not just the inspirer of the Scripture, but also our guide in understanding it.
As believers, we have the extraordinary privilege of possessing a God-breathed Scripture and the indwelling Holy Spirit who aids us in comprehending its depths. The same Spirit that inspired the writers of the Bible works in believers today, illuminating the Scripture and applying its truths to our lives. Let us approach the Bible with reverence and dependency on the Holy Spirit, knowing that He is our ultimate teacher and guide in the journey of faith.
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. ( Romans 15:4 NLT )
Before you begin any Bible study, ask the Lord to guide your heart and mind by the Holy Spirit to understand and apply His truths in our lives. Otherwise, you are going to have to answer to God at the Judgment Seat of Christ for what you have done with His Word. And you won’t be able to use the excuse that it was too hard to understand because you have the Holy Spirit and the Mind of Christ to guide you.
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9 Hopeful Scriptures for Failed New Years Resolutions
It is already a few weeks into the new year and many of us have set goals and resolutions that we have already fallen short of in our commitments. Maybe you have been that person who said, “This year is going to be different.” But, you have instead found yourself disappointed that you did not stick with your plan.
The beautiful part about being a believer in Jesus is that we know the gifts of grace, new mercies, and being sanctified. This is a process and does not happen overnight.
What if instead of living in shame, we chose to cling to the truth of the Bible and restart with the power of the Holy Spirit? A date on the calendar does not define our success. We are victorious in Christ Jesus. Here are hopeful Scriptures for failed new year’s resolutions.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” ( Romans 15:13 ).
We are called into being filled with hope. The concept of filling implies that we could be empty. Filling is an intentional decision to seek the Holy Spirit each day for help. “Fill me up Holy Spirit, help me to live by You and not my flesh today. Amen.” This is an example prayer of clinging to the hope of Christ. Without the Holy Spirit, we are hopeless, but having Him secure in our lives each day reminds us that we need to access His power in our lives and in our goals.
“ I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” ( John 15:5 ).
Have we become prideful in our thinking? Do we believe that we are independent from God in accomplishing our goals? Sure, we could get things done, but when we remind ourselves that this body and this breath are literally from our Creator, we realize that apart from Him we cannot even exist; we can do nothing. In this humility, we can reach out to the Lord for help to lay our dreams and hopes for this year before Him and ask for His help.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” ( 2 Corinthians 4:18 ).
When we see our temporary failures, we forget the fullness of what we have been promised in Christ. 2 Corinthians reminds us that when we choose to fix our eyes on what we see, we are focused on the here and now. However, when we fix our eyes on what is eternal and unseen, we can have a better perspective. Sure, we may not have hit our goals or resolutions this year already, but in the grand scheme of eternity, today is a new day and we have been given the gift of Jesus because of our imperfections. He helps us.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” ( Lamentations 3:22-23 ).
Whether we succeeded or failed, God’s love for us has been steadfast. He has new mercies every morning for us. Maybe your new year’s goals are about leaving sinful habits? We are all undergoing sanctification. Remember that we are all in need of His help to break free from our sinful ways. No one is perfect. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. This should not be used as an excuse to live in rebellion and disobedience, however it should direct us to love Him by asking Him to help us be more like Him each day.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” ( Romans 8:37 ).
Romans 8 discusses trials and those facing martyrdom for the sake of following Jesus. Paul writes that even in these things, those who belong to Jesus are more than conquerors. We too get to have that privilege of being conquerors in Him. We can pray against the lies and cling to this truth from Him that we can overcome our obstacles and press on in our goals with His help.
“For nothing will be impossible with God” ( Luke 1:37 ).
Are you staring at your resolution instead of fixing your gaze upon Jesus? Circumstances can appear defeating, but with God, nothing is impossible. We can be reminded and renewed in our goals by looking to Him and remembering who He is in the midst of our fears and doubts.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true’” ( Revelation 21:5 ).
One day Jesus is going to make all things new. Right now, we are waiting. Some like to say that we are in the “already, not yet.” We have been promised forgiveness and we currently stand righteous through Jesus if we believe in Him, however we are still in a sinful world. Revelation 21:5 says that He is going to transform us because He is trustworthy (faithful) and true. We can trust in Him and believe that He is already doing His transformative work in and through us. We can pray for His power to strengthen us to accomplish our goals from an identity of being loved by Him.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him" ( Jeremiah 17:7 ).
We are blessed when we trust in God. When we put our confidence in Him, we humble ourselves and lean on His abilities, not our own. We realize that He is our source of strength.
“That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe” ( 1 Timothy 4:10 ).
Pray and ask God to make your resolution about Him. Ask Him to use this as a witness to others to glorify His name and that your victory would be reflective of what He has done in your life through the cross and His resurrection . Our new year’s goals can actually be platforms for sharing the gospel and telling people about salvation that Jesus offers to them. We do not have to take this lightly. We can celebrate that our lives and decisions can be used for His kingdom work. It brings us a fresh lens, taking the pressure off of us and redirecting it towards what the Lord is doing in our lives.
No, we will not do everything perfectly, but that is the whole point of the gospel and the reconciliation that we have in Jesus. He has finished the work for us that we could not do for ourselves. Jesus made a way for us, so even in our failures, we can remember that nothing is wasted when we surrender it as a testimony to Him.
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The Holy Spirit convinces human beings of sin and of the reality of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and its consequences
Ways in which the holy spirit brings conviction.
Through preaching Ac 2:37 See also Ac 16:14 ; 1Th 1:5
Through the exercise of spiritual gifts 1Co 14:24-25
The reality of the Holy Spirit’s conviction in the lives of believers
He brings illumination Eph 1:17-18 See also 1Co 2:8-10 , 14-16
He gives assurance about their new relationship with God Ro 8:15-16 See also Gal 4:6
He convicts of the need for constant change Ro 8:5-9 See also Gal 5:16-23
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