The Ministry of The Holy Spirit
“Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you. When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in Me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me; and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” John 16:7-11
The Holy Spirit is the only Person who can open our eyes to the reality of our sin. The Holy Spirit has been sent to convict us of sin, show us that we are guilty of sin and in need of forgiveness. But what exactly is sin? The term ‘sin’ is rarely understood and has been removed from most people’s vocabulary. When Jesus said, “about sin because they do not believe in Me,” He described sin in one word: unbelief. People cannot even begin to come to Jesus, until they realize they are grave sinners of unbelief, and it is the Holy Spirit who convicts them of this.
Finally, the Holy Spirit convinces us “about judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” Why does Jesus bring up satan in this verse? To make known the judgement coming to him and those who reject Jesus as Savior. Only the Holy Spirit can convince us of the eternal results of our sin. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit that brings repentance and redemption to the lives of lost people. Praise His holy Name!