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 

Everything we are in the Lord Jesus Christ is totally dependent upon the ministry of the Holy Spirit; the Counselor whom He sent us when Jesus ascended to Heaven. If you are a soul-winner, and every Christian ought to be, understand that it is not your job to get people to accept the Gospel. It is your job to preach the Gospel. Today I want to remind us of the three specific things only the Holy Spirit can accomplish in us.

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. 

Now the second accomplishment of the Holy Spirit is to convey the remedy for sin. In the passage above, Jesus says that the Holy Spirit has come to show us the concept “about righteousness.” A man is not righteous because of what he does; a man is righteous because of what he is. Isaiah 64:6 says, “Our righteous deeds are like a filthy garments.” Sin is not doing bad, and righteousness is not doing good. Sin is the rejection of Jesus and righteousness is the reception of Jesus. And only the Holy Spirit can convey that truth.
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!

–James Merritt

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