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. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 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 16:7-13 ESV)
In this passage Jesus tells about the work of the Holy Spirit who is coming to apply the work that Jesus accomplished. In this sense the Holy Spirit is like the bailiff who escorts the guilty from the courtroom and into the death chamber. He came to apply the judgment on the world that rejects Jesus. The good news for us comes in the last words of Jesus in this chapter are these, “take heart, I have overcome the world!”
Jesus died to wash away our sin and make us clean so that he might send the Holy Spirit to dwell with us. He is the one who opens our hearts to receive Jesus. Without Him we would be no diffent from the world that is to be condemned. The Holy Spirit guided the apostles in the truth so that we have an authoritative account of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible (the New Testament), and the Holy Spirit guides us too into the truth of the apostle’s teaching. Pretty awesome stuff!
Did you know the world stands condemned? How does that strike you? How is it that you might escape the judgment upon this world?
Give thanks for the Helper this morning.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Sa 7, 2 Co 1, Ez 15, Jn 16