HOST: Ron House
But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 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. 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.
Occasionally, throughout this discourse by Jesus, something is said to remind us of the scene. It is somber and saddening. So disheartened are the apostles by Jesus’ revelation that He is about to leave them that they don’t even think to ask where He is going. They are overwhelmed with sorrow. Their minds are cloudy and reeling with the thoughts of life without their Master and friend. It is against this backdrop that Jesus continues to speak about the Helper that is being sent to them. This Helper, the Spirit of truth, will guide them into all truth, empowering them, working through them to accomplish God’s will and work on the earth. The language here suggests that the Spirit will work as a prosecutor, presenting the truth of God’s word as evidence and convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. What a powerful statement about God’s Word, the product of the Spirit’s work and inspiration! That Word continues to lead many to God and convict those who reject its truths.
How does God’s Word convict people today?
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