The Power of Conviction through the Spirit
- Adam Cole // April 28, 2009
And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,; of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. —John 16:8-11
Too often we don’t place the Holy Spirit on high, like we do the Father or the Son, perhaps because we see the Holy Spirit as a sort of filler until His return, or perhaps we cannot quite grasp the workings of the Holy Spirit in us because it is such an intangible presence.
The trinity presents God in three forms: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is God and, thus, the Spirit’s work is extremely powerful because it is God at work.
Here, as Jesus explains to His disciples about the Holy Spirit, we see how the Spirit is to come and what the Spirit is to achieve: conviction in the hearts of the world.
Though we generally come to understand conviction as a verdict, like in a court, conviction in this sense relates to convincing. Convincing in three areas specifically: sin, righteousness, and judgment. In this way, we are being convinced and also led to truth, fullness of knowledge, and deep understanding so that we can appropriately act in a God-pleasing manner in these three areas.
It was in these three areas particularly that those that denied Jesus, and eventually put Him to death, fell short. They denied the Son (worst sin possible); they tried to portend righteousness through the law (and turned righteousness into a self-righteous process); they passed their own judgment on all (see adulteress they tried to stone) and without a true sense of fairness in judgment (as in Christ’s case).
We too have the same choices in front of us…and if we act as our fleshly selves are prone to act, we too will fall short, go astray, and allow Satan to claim victory. All sin separates us from God. We, then, have to welcome in the process of the Holy Spirit, this divine helper, so that we can clearly sense God’s calling in these areas and make changes in our hearts and lives to live accordingly.
Praise: For the divine essence of the Holy Spirit to convict and allow us to see/transform to His principles (sin, truth, judgment).
Prayer: That we allow the Holy Spirit to work. That we allow Him to give the understanding and action through conviction to be worth before God.
Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, we thank You that You did send a Helper and that Helper is indeed You with Your complete and full divine characteristics. Let us listen to It, to take It fully into our hearts and souls, so that we may move past sin, move toward You, move past our own sense of righteousness and into the righteousness of Your Holy essence, and move in a way that is fair to all and loving to all. May You complete this work in all of us. In Jesus Name, Amen.